Tuesday, February 24, 2015

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (on DVD)

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
[DVD Secret]

This remake film, directed and starring comedic actor Ben Stiller, is a completely updated and expanded version of the 1947 film that starred Danny Kaye -- both are adaptations of a classic short story by James Thurber, about a nebbishy put-upon man who escapes his annoying reality by slipping into flights of elaborate fantasy. In this Stiller version, Mitty's fantastic daydreams lead him to actually take on a globe-trotting real-life adventure, to the far corners of the planet, in search of an elusive photographer whose work may or may not be able to save the jobs of Mitty and the co-worker with whom he's obsessed. The cinematography and set design are very impressive in this film, and Stiller lends a sense of sadness and pathos to a man whose life desperately needs a jump start. I very much enjoyed this quiet little film, but would also highly recommend tracking down the original 1947 film if you have a chance! -- recommended by Scott C. - Bennett Martin Public Library [ see Scott's Reviewer Profile and more of his reviews ]

[ Internet Movie Database entry for this film ] | [ official The Secret Life of Walter Mitty web site ]

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