Movie Review: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty *****

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The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is a retelling of the classic 1939 short story by James Thurber, and an updated production of the 1947 Danny Kaye movie about a daydreamer.  Walter Mitty has a behind the scenes job and lives a boring life. He is socially inept, and regularly zones out at work and with family. During these episodes, he daydreams of what he would do if he were someone other than himself. He could be the hero, the lover, or the guy who stands up to the bully. But then reality reappears and he becomes the nobody he has always been. He has a huge crush on a co-worker but has trouble approaching her because he sees himself as an uninteresting person who has never done anything compelling or noteworthy. His job contains a key support role to another co-worker whom he has never met in person. An important piece of his work responsibility is lost and his job is jeopardized because of it. He seeks out this missing item and discovers that he is somebody.

Ben Stiller plays Walter Mitty and does an excellent job of portraying a serious character (for a change). The scenes go from the big city to the Arctic to the Middle East. Amazing characters are met in a backdrop of spectacular locations when he steps out of the security of his everyday surroundings.

This movie depicts the fears that many people have. We think about what we might do in a difficult situation–if we only had enough courage to take action. Watching Walter Mitty move away from his daydreams and actually take uncomfortable steps is a lesson in growing up. I found myself rooting for him while wondering if he was actually maturing, or if this was all another prolonged daydream. He seems to develop confidence in building relationships in his personal and professional life.

This is a very good date movie. I loved it. 5 out of 5 stars.

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