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, Patton Oswalt
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Product Details

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

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

6 of 6 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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25 of 28 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy TOP 100 REVIEWER on 15 Jan. 2014
Format: Blu-ray
The film starts out catching the essence of Walter Mitty (Ben Stiller). Indeed watching Ben Stiller lament over pushing a "wink" button as if it would be a lifetime commitment, was great. Walter works for "Life" magazine and is on his way out the door with the final issue. He was sent a picture, that he cannot locate which embarks him on a very long un-Mitty like journey. While we all want our protagonist to succeed, the film became inane, lacking humor and purpose other than to circle around to the formulaic ending.

I had higher hopes for the film which under utilized Kristen Wiig so Ben Stiller's face can remain on the screen for just about the whole film. Having said that, it is a feel good film the whole family can watch and inspire everyone to jump out of helicopters into freezing cold shark infested waters so they can have something to put on their E-Harmony page.

It is not a bad film, just one I wish was scripted better.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marcia TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 23 Feb. 2015
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Often when an old film or idea gets a new revamp it can be less than satisfactory. Sometimes it can be a complete disaster.
Not a problem though here on this version of the Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Ben Stiller directs and stars in a fairly good new re working of the idea.
I did not find this film as good as I expected but it is enjoyable. I probably just expected too much after the media hype when the film came out. But then again it is not as bad as some have made out,
The film is very little like the original Danny Kaye film of the same name other than that the basic idea is the same.
Back on the original film with Danny Kaye I feel the character Walter Mitty has a warm and likeable personality and Danny Kaye gave us a character that I could warm to and feel instant connection to.
Here the Ben Stiller version is not quite so loveable.
But that is only a small gripe. In both films the character Walter Mitty escapes the mundane moments of life within his imagination often offering up more bizarre and interesting versions than reality. He gradually learns that if we try we can find or make our own exciting moments.
Now in this version the daydreams are bigger and the clever CGI special effects offer a grander spectacle and way out version of alternative reality escape. And the way that the character develops and deals with life is much different to the original Danny Kaye version.
So although I prefer the performance in the Danny Kaye characterisation I am pleased to say that this film does stand up in its own right as a film separate from the original. That is the best way to look at this and it will not matter anyway to anyone who has not seen the original.
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