The Secret Life of Walter Mitty 2013

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A timid magazine photo manager who lives life vicariously through daydreams embarks on a true-life adventure when a negative goes missing.

Starring:
Ben Stiller, Kristen Wiig
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Product Details

Discs
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Runtime 1 hour 54 minutes
Starring Ben Stiller, Kristen Wiig, Adam Scott, Patton Oswalt, Shirley MacLaine
Director Ben Stiller
Genres Comedy
Studio 20th Century Fox
Rental release 20 June 2014
Main languages English
Dubbing Russian, Ukranian
Subtitles Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, Russian, Swedish, Estonian, latvian, lithuanian, Ukranian
Hearing impaired subtitles English
Discs
  • Feature parental_guidance
Runtime 1 hour 54 minutes
Starring Ben Stiller, Kristen Wiig, Adam Scott, Patton Oswalt, Shirley MacLaine
Director Ben Stiller
Genres Comedy
Studio 20th Century Fox
Rental release 20 June 2014
Main languages English
Subtitles Spanish, Japanese, Portuguese, Danish, Polish, Romanian, Turkish, Norwegian, Russian, Icelandic

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By J. Morris TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 10 April 2014
Format: Blu-ray
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty features Ben Stiller as the eponymous Walter Mitty, a negative asset manager at Life magazine. He regularly day-dreams about incredible situations where he is the hero, often at the cost of his attention in the real world meaning people treat him as a fantasist. When it actually comes down to filling out his eHarmony account, he actually hasn't done much in life, a point drastically underlined by his empty 'experiences' box. However, when veteran photographer Sean O'Connell sends him a package saying that one of the negatives contains the 'Quintessence of Life' Walter is keen to see it. However, it is the only one missing from the reel. This propels Walter on a quest to track down notoriously hard-to-find adventure-photographer Sean O'Connell (Sean Penn) to get the negative which will grace the cover of the final issue of Life. The pursuit sees him travel to Greenland, Iceland and Afghanistan amongst other places, during which Walter needs fewer and fewer of his fantasies as his life is providing them for him and he is finally living his life and not merely surviving his existence. Will Walter ever find Sean and the negative?

Walter Mitty is a fantastically well shot-experience, this is evident from the get-go as we see the preliminary credits wrapped seamlessly around the locales (graffiti on the wall of his apartment building gives us the director for example) and this stylisation of text really continues into the film (the text message displayed on the mountain by rock-slides) - this really is a great touch and I thought enhanced what was already a well directed experience - credit to director & lead actor Ben Stiller.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Paul Tapner TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 26 April 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
A new film version of the James Thurber short story about a man who escapes his humdrum daily life by getting into exciting day dreams.

Like all films of short stories, it bears no resemblance to the original other than taking the main idea and going it's own way with it.

Thus it bears no resemblance to the original film version starring Danny Kaye other than having the same basic plot as that did also.

Ben Stiller stars and directs.

Walter works for life magazine, has a crush on a co-worker [Kristen Wiig] and can't complete an online dating profile properly because he doesn't have much - if anything - he can put on it.

Anything that he's done in reality and not his imagination, that is.

When the magazine faces closure, and the last ever issue is due, a famous photographer [Sean Penn] sends in a photo for the cover. But the negative isn't where it should be. And the quest for it sends Walter on a real life adventure more spectacular than anything he could ever have imagined...

This is a project that was in development for a long time, and went through many potential leads and directors. All of the previous choices, you might expect, would have turned it into an out and out comedy. But Ben Stiller manages something different and far more subtle.

There's occasional character comedy here, all of which arises as it should from character interaction rather than the need for a joke every few minutes. The film starts slowly, but with a purpose. Just to ease you into the reality of Walter's ordinary life, before pushing him off on adventure.

But what catches the eye is the direction. The film jumps from fantasy to reality so seamlessly, with visuals that mesh together perfectly. And the music adds to all this.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By casual retired on 3 Feb 2014
Format: DVD
i really wasnt expecting much from this but in the end i was hooked and for me this is ben stillers best film by far...very moving and heartwarming
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Olly Buxton on 5 Mar 2014
Format: DVD
Ben Stiller’s Walter Mitty of 2013 bears a passing resemblance to Danny Kaye’s of 1947, and none at all to James Thurber’s original creation (in which a hen-pecked husband, who inhabits a short story about five pages long, is sent out to buy overshoes and dog biscuits while his wife has her hair done). So those professional critics who complain (and some have) that Stiller doesn’t capture Thurber’s nuanced social commentary are talking through their hats.

Nor, as far as I know, did Thurber leave behind Tolkienesque appendices of the sort that might underpin the two hour rollercoaster on show. It is a story of derring-do, adversity and high-jinks only matched by the development trajectory of this script. In its decade-long passage through the hands of agents, writers, producers, studios and directors, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty was also dunked in the arctic ocean, shot at by Afghan warlords and abandoned in Himalayan wastelands, before falling for its final release into the loving arms of Ben Stiller who found himself not only leading the cast but directing the film as well.

Usually films with this sort of midwifery are a disaster. This one’s a peach. I’m inclined to give Stiller much of the credit, though I dare say Steve Conrad’s screenplay didn’t write itself.

On a big screen, it is stunning. This is what Hollywood blockbusters should be like: imaginative, inventive, engaging, beautiful, sweeping, clever, well observed, well acted, and fun. Stiller demonstrates himself to be a subtler comic than many of his peers (Jim Carey was associated with this picture at one point) and an outstanding actor: his transition from biro-pocketed nerd in the basement to swashbuckling global explorer is a joy to behold.
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