The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty is a curious film. Actor/Director Ben Stiller manages to take a whimsical comedy and merge it with a serious introspective story. Stiller plays the lead role of Mitty, a man who is prone to elaborate, heroic daydreams that leave him in a ‘not there’ state making him the but of jokes at work.
The only thing that take his attention away from his work, is the new girl, Cheryl Melhoff, but as we witness at the very beginning of the film, Mitty is a shy, reserved soul whose ability to talk to women is in the negatives. He works at Life Magazine and arrives late one day to find out the the magazine has be bought and will be going fully digital. The last issue is being put together, and Mitty being in charge of the negatives (you know, those things photos used to come on) has the important job of developing legendary photograher, Sean O’Connell’s latest roll of film, and the editors have decided to go, sight unseen, with frame 25, as requested by O’Connell.
The only problem is that there is no frame 25.
And so, Mitty is thrust into a real life adventure, much more exciting than his daydreams could ever develop, to try and track down O’Connell and discover where the missing frame went.
Of course with a film based on flights of fancy, daydreaming and such, it can be hard distinguishing reality from fiction, but that is half the fun of the journey.
The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty is a great film to start the New Year with, encouraging you to take stock of your life and decide where you really want to go and who you really want to be. It’s a positive, feel good film that will have you smiling from the inside out.
Rating: PG Violence, offensive language & sexual references