Movie of the Week: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013)

A sweet movie of epic proportions, shot in a way that will help you see both the bigger side and appreciate the smaller things in life.

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Directed by: Ben Stiller, based on short story by James Thurber

Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama

Starring: Ben Stiller, Kristen Wiig, Sean Penn.

Special nod to: Stuart Dryburgh, cinematographer

We all slip into our own heads from time to time, imagining an alternative reality to the one we’re in, where we scale mountains instead of fluorescent-lit staircases, where we sweep or get swept away by the person of our dreams, or where we actually tell that eejit on the bus exactly what we’re thinking. Somewhere we actually live all the things we wish we did.

Walter Mitty is an average guy, with a seemingly average job and a some-what less than average life. He spends his day wishing he could talk back to his boss, or charm the pretty girl at the coffee machine, or fly to work instead of taking the same train everyday. But he doesn’t do these things, he just imagines. With force.

Until one day his mundane life forces him to take the step to experience life as it could be; as it should be.

Ben Stiller not only stars in but directs a heartwarming, witty and exciting film that is a far-cry from his usual ridiculous slapstick comedy. Shot beautifully by Stuart Dryburgh, the scenery is the real star of this show. If any film has made me want to visit Iceland, then it’s this one. I’d recommend that people just go see it; no trailers, in depth reviews or plot spoilers, just go see it and make up your own mind. You won’t be disappointed.

To see things thousands of miles away, things hidden behind walls and within rooms, things dangerous to come to, to draw closer, to see and be amazed.” – LIFE Magazine motto

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