Tonight I got to screen The Secret Life of Walter Mitty which comes out at Christmas. While not the best movie of the year and though I think a lot of people will find it boring and weird and won't really get it and it is bound to get pretty poor reviews .... I thoroughly enjoyed it. It's not for everyone, but if you like whimsy, travel, dreaming, and the ongoing search for more (and good music and beautiful scenery), then you'll probably like this movie, too.
I like Ben Stiller. And I think he does a nice job staring and directing in this film. Stiller plays Walter Mitty - a daydreamer who escapes his boring, hum-drum life by drifting into his own little world of whimsy where he says and does the perfect thing at the perfect time. A life full of romance, action, adventure and much more. Due to some rather extenuating circumstances, Walter is forced to escape from his normal little life and venture into one of adventure that surpasses even his own wildest daydreams. That's where the line between real life and the dream world start to blur ... and that's where the beauty in this movie is.
So many people spend their whole lives leading such small lives. Day dreaming of something more ... but never taking the steps to pursue whatever that more may mean to them. But when you do, when you manage to step outside your little box or your little town, you realize that the real world can be just as wonderful as your dreams if you go after it. I like that message, probably because it is part of my own guiding principles through life.
Also, this movie is very nicely done from an artistic perspective. The angles, cinematography, music and scenery are all beautifully woven together. I may be biased though, since they are some of my favorite places in the world ... including Iceland.
So ... in conclusion. If you like to daydream. If you seek something more from life. If your mind drifts to places and adventures to be had. If you are like me .... you'll like this movie.
Also, the message in this film reminded me of one my favorite film lines ever. From Auntie Mame (the Rosalind Russell version) when she says, "life is a banquet, and most poor suckers are starving to death!"