So have you watched The Secret Life of Walter Mitty?
If not, there are spoilers here, which no doubt might mar your impression.
Ben Stiller directs and stars in THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY, James Thurber’s classic story of a day-dreamer who 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 (Kristen Wiig) are threatened, Walter 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. (c) Fox
Says Rotten Tomatoes
What I like about it – The Photography. I’ve come to realise that the Director of Photography is a very important person in the movie credits. Movies which really strike me tend to have beautiful beautiful imagery. Movies to me are a massive laborious undertaking of two or three years and a lot of people, producing a finely made product that’s breathtakingly beautiful, whether it is beautiful in its story, its realism, its message, or its photography. Walter Mitty, while based on a book (usually movies based on books have pretty decent storyline), doesn’t quite live up to my expectations of a solid well written sensible believable engaging and mindblowing story. BUT it has awesome photography. The scenes are beautiful, from the start to the end. Every frame had splashes of color, bright bold beautiful colors, happy colors, big landscapes, big vistas, wide expanses. Walter Mitty seemed to be dragged around the world by the camera, bringing the audience to wherever the camera wanted to go. It seemed like the imagery was more important than the story. The story, the character, seemed to take quite a backseat to how beautiful the camera could be.
Here are some appropriate quotes from Rotten Tomato users:
Stiller’s attempt to braid together introspection and humor kept me engaged and curious, even when I wasn’t quite sure what he was setting out to do.
It has little narrative interest and requires that the director latch onto a very specific airy tone of whimsy, lest the whole souffle collapse.
A good-natured bit of escapist fluff that relies a bit too much on whiz-bang special effects.
The cinematography is exceptional – if only the acting and script were on that level.
Iceland deserves an apology: The utter phoniness here is disrespectful to the natural splendor of that island nation’s locations, which provide the film with its only moments of distinction.
Disclaimer I have a personal bias against Ben Stiller. I feel that there’s nothing worth enjoying or learning from his movies.
Perhaps this movie is trying too hard. Trying too hard to be beautiful, trying to hard to be funny, trying too hard to succeed (ben stiller directed, which is usually a disaster when actors try to direct because they don’t have enough experience and runway. and try too hard to use every technique they read about.).
Style, is as much about using in moderation, and using effortlessly as it is about looking good. The french chic, is about looking effortlessly good, without being over the top, without being bombastic and loud. It has a certain elegance that just shines and catches your attention. Like the best line in this movie: “beautiful things don’t ask for attention.”
But I would still recommend you watch it for some great photography. No not about the Iceland, a good photographer can make anything look good.
p.s. I felt that the “daydreams” of Walter Mitty undermined the awesomeness of the actual adventures he took. as if it made the entire movie into a ‘dream’