Now it is time for The Secret Life of Walter Mitty review, my first film review of 2014. This was a film I hoped to review before 2013 ended, but time just escaped me, plus I got a bit lazy haha. I’ve been looking forward to this film since just after the summer and had fairly high expectations because it was being talked about so much prior to its release. So does the film deliver or not? Read on and find out.
The story for this film can be summarised below:
“A day-dreamer escapes his anonymous life by disappearing into a world of fantasies filled with heroism, romance and action. When his job along with that of his co-worker are threatened, he takes action in the real world embarking on a global journey that turns into an adventure more extraordinary than anything he could have ever imagined.”
The main consensus I took away from this story was that it had a lot of potential but it didn’t live up to the expectations. I feel like there was a great deal of scope and ambition, but the film fell underneath it all and couldn’t capitalize on the big adventure. This film is all about Walter and the fact that he goes from a boring daydreamer to an adventurous man on a journey of discovery. At first you connect with him and enjoy his daydream sequences, but sometimes they become a little too frequent and at point its a bit too long and over-the-top. One issue I have is that even after Walter actually goes on his adventure things still feel unrealistic and daydream-like, at times I was just waiting for something crazy to happen only to find out that it was real. And at the end of the day after all that Walter’s gone through you can’t help but feel like a lot of it is inconsequential in the grand scheme of things.
When it comes to the cast everyone is fine but the main person keep this film alive is Ben Stiller. So let’s talk about him first as Walter Mitty. Walter is a man who is very simple, boring, kind of insignificant and reclusive socially and while he has skills in other areas it’s not really emphasizes. Stiller is enthusiastic, out-going and interesting and while his character does get a bit annoying I like his commitment to his role. Kristen Wiig as Cheryl Melhoff is a lovely down-to-earth kind of girl who is smart and caring and you can see why Walter likes her. Adam Scott as Ted Hendricks is really good, he plays Walter’s new boss who is pretty much a douchebag and very cruel to Walter and some of the other staff and Scott plays up his role very well. Shirley MacLaine and Kathryn Hahn do well as Edna and Odessa Mitty, Sean Penn is pretty decent as Sean O’Connell and Patton Oswalt is hilarious as Todd Maher.
The visual presentation for the film is pretty decent with some elaborate action scenes and sequences which are creative, crazy and fun. The problem is that some of these scenes go on a bit too long and the CGI is a bit overused and not as polished as some other films I’ve seen of recent. The scenery of Greenland and Iceland was incredible and those scenes were shot pretty well, oh and I also liked the skateboarding scene too, that looked nice.
In conclusion The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is a decent film, however I can’t help but feel disappointed because I expected a lot more than I was given. Ben Stiller does his best as the lead character and the action-based daydreams make this film a lot more interesting than other thanks to the creativity and large scope. This film is decent and there is some fun to be had with it, however I know this film could have been so much more.
Rating: 6/10 (a decent film that just falls under the weight of its ambition)
So what did you think of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty? Did you like it or not? Whatever your thoughts leave them below and I’ll see ya on then next film review yo.