Hats off to an unsung hero’s last poetic swam song. This was one of those Ben Stiller‘s characters that would stick with you for a long time. Who can forget Ted’s zipper accident in There’s Something About Mary(1998), or that glacial supermodel stare of Derek in Zoolander (2001)? The characters here were subdued, and mellow, I think it was purposely done that way to show the juxtaposition of what life ought to be and our current crazy non-stop 24/7 counterpart. This film was really well done, and don’t worry it was still comical, just that they were more methodic, and perfectly timed. Also, it was a literal interpretation of how life-like images came to being!
Walter Mitty works for Life magazine as a negative asset manager, and his office is in the dark basement of the building. He is a member at eHarmony and has been having troubles sending “wink”. He spotted a new colleague, Cheryl (Kristen Wiig), but is to timid to start a conversation. Walter daydreams a lot.
The magazine is going digital and the company is transitioning with GenX leader, Ted(Adam Scott). Walter lost one of the most important negative assets, and he must find a way to get it again from one of the company’s most celebrated photojournalists, Sean O’Connell(Sean Penn).
Walter is up against one of those lemon and lemonade moments, and in the process, it ignites a spark in his otherwise mundane life.
As I said, don’t expect this will make you LOL, or ROFL… Wiig and Stiller did a great job taking their natural joke cracking ability down a notch to make this film truly enjoyable. I know there were all those “road less or never travelled” metaphors, but it was treated with refinement. True, another film about life and its meaning, I much preferred this than the high-brow The Tree of Life (2011), which also starred Penn.
WATCH…a pleasant surprise.