Written January 01, 2014
A very beautiful movie. A story about living life, being aware of what's around us, and making sure we eat that delicious pie, literally. Ben Stiller is a warm, thoughtful, funny, and courageous hero. With that straight face reacting to those around him with nary an eye flutter, he allows us to fill in the emotional blanks. Getting involved with Kristin Wiig, his female counterpart, makes a perfect pairing, Able to match his warmth with her own laid back hesitancy, this lady can also SING, seriously. Adam Scott gives us a superb, smarmy bad guy that we love to hate and special kudos to Sean Penn. Setting us up for his appearance from the get-go, Penn surpasses our anticipation, presenting a man so fully realized that the wait was worth it. With exotic, breathtaking locations, this is a film so thoroughly cinematic, many audiences may not get it. It is, in many ways, like watching a lost art. Stiller directs a funny, warm, and touching script with the hand of an artist.
Written December 28, 2013
My hats off to Ben Still for making such a beautiful, inventive movie. His direction is magical. I see Oscars in his future. don't miss this great movie!
Written December 26, 2013
Ben Stiller does an awesome job of capturing the essence of Walter. The visuals are astounding. Sean Penn says very little, but captures the character very well. Great screenplay. Loved the final cover of Life magazine!
It was a little slow for kids, but my 11-year old sat through it.
Written August 30, 2014
What a surprising movie! Although the trailer helped me to see that this wouldn't be a typical Ben Stiller movie, I still didn't expect to be moved to tears in the last five minutes. This film was very well done, from the cinematography to the creative use of daydreaming/imagination. Although there are a few crude jokes and references, I would feel comfortable letting my 14 year-old cousin see this movie.
I felt very invested in Walter's life and the script did a good job of revealing why he lived such a comfortable existence while holding most of the information until the end when it was most relevant. The irony of someone with Walter's personality working for a magazine such as Life was very subtly played and worked surprisingly well. The worst character (intentionally) was the acquisition supervisor, who could have been played less over-the-top, but it worked to make me really dislike him!
Lots of heart and a fantastic message about getting out there and living LIFE!
Written December 26, 2013
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty was a terrific film! The acting was outstanding, the scenery was beautiful, and the life was fun to be a part of! I appreciated that people of any age could enjoy this movie.