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The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013) Review: Off-puttingly Schmaltzy

Movie Review: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013)

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty has stunning cinematography thanks to the set locations.

Unfortunately, they were wasted on a cliched, contrived, and predictable story of a daydreamer with forgettable characters.

After a slew of choreographed daydreams, Mitty’s real-life adventures kick off interestingly enough thanks to David Bowie. His crush Cheryl (Kristen Wiig) played Major Tom as he hopped into a helicopter just in time before its drunk pilot got it flying without a hitch.

After this, our hero, who spent a chunk of 16 years in a thankless job cooped up in a dark room developing negatives, breezes through a physically demanding and easy clue adventure with an accompanying indie track in the background to set the mood.

The supporting cast is sidetracked as Walter Mitty finally turns his dreams into a reality. Ben Stiller is okay, but the role doesn’t really require much.

The result – a string of calculated life-affirming videos complete with product placements and manufactured get-out-of-your-shell/Carpe Diem messages. The movie ambitiously, but too obviously, attempts to lift your spirits without any nuance.

As for the ending, well of course its happily ever after complete with a slow-motion walk, its equivalent of riding off into the sunset.

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

4

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is a contrived childish fantasy of the "go for broke", "get out of your comfort zone" aspirations. 

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