Trailer excitement – The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

Ben Stiller in a still from The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty Trailer

Right off the bat I saw Ben stiller in the thumbnail and i honestly was expecting a comedy.  Meet the Parents, Tropic thunder, Zoolander, DodgeBall and the list goes on for some pretty funny sit down in a theatre or at home laugh fest.  Seeing this trailer has shown me that he’s still got something to prove in film.  This reminds me of the film Stranger than fiction with Will Ferrell or Seeking A Friend for the End of the World with Steve Carell where these usually comedy actors are able to really flex those acting muscles and break out of the roles people assume they will always be.

The trailer shows a seemingly normal office worker at Life magazine that is about to break free from his uneventful life and go on an adventure.  The parts that tug on your emotional strings is how Walter Mitty (played by Ben stiller) goes off into his imagination while trying to deal with his real life.  He is a shy office worker that has had done nothing or gone anywhere interesting in his life.  All the change in his life is sparked by the need to find the last picture for him to complete the next issue of Life.  This leads Walter to move away from just imagining the grand possibilities of life, but actually go off and doing them.  Definitely, I would say this movie deserves a watch in theaters or at least on DVD.  The trailer shows some funny dialogue and great visuals to bring that imagination of Walter to life.  I have never looked at Rotten Tomatoes for good movies and you shouldn’t either.  Their critics have already given poor ratings to a film that hasn’t even been release yet.  I say wait and see as I think this movie has potential even if the original story is a bit dated, but it looks like it has been adapted to be more relevant to a modern moviegoer.  I’m excited for what parts of Walter’s “zoning out” are close to his real life adventures.

The film is based off a 1939 short story by James Thurber and has been in development for a long time.  Supposedly it was going to star Jim Carrey as the lead star, but I’m glad that he isn’t.  But I’m glad he isn’t because I see Ben Stiller being a better fit as he can bring that emotional level when he needs to.  As well he is the one directing the film and knows exactly what he wants out of the lead role and how he wants this film to be seen.  Don’t let this movie slip by without giving it a chance, as it is no fan instant watch like The Hobbit, Anchorman 2, or Ender’s Game.  One way this movie could ruin itself for me would be if the whole movie turns out to be just one big imagination fest as he returns to his boring job and boring life.

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