Written February 12, 2016
I read the short story when I was in college and saw the 1940s or 50s version of this. I didn't think much of either. As an adult, though, this is a great retelling of the original short story. If you are 40-something you will love this as a mid-life crisis moment when you realize that what you dreamed about and planned to do in your 20s just didn't get done due to real life interrupting. This film will make you re-evaluate what you've left undone, unsaid, and unplanned. It makes you want to live in the moment instead of just dreaming about what could be. It's never too late.
Aside from the too many product placements (which is a real pity), the film has an excellent cast, believable dialogue, and fantastic action-sequences directed expertly by Stiller. Ben Stiller is a great "Everyman" in this and Kristin Wigg is wonderful. My 9 year old son loved the action scenes and that's high praise. Great message, fantastic direction, and wonderful acting --don't miss it!
Written December 27, 2013
This is a fine film, that, like it's main character does not fit into any particular genre or style. It would appeal mostly to the middle class working adult - probably boring for kids. It is pure entertainment that is easy to watch and with many different aspects thrown in a la 'Where's Waldo' while maintaining a do-the-right-thing theme. Ultimately, it is a life lesson parable played out in memorable fashion.
Written December 30, 2013
More than meets the eye! The commentary on corporate greed and power mongering, the mystical quality of what motivates people and the pure comic relief of it all make this worth the time and the money. As a teacher of organization theory and a student of Zen, I could relate to a lot of the film on a gut level. More laughs than I expected, and more meaning than you expect.
Written December 29, 2013
I was so excited about this movie. Dying to see it.
I've lived this dream. I was in the corporate world working as a aerospace designer. Then became a travel photographer even for National Geographic, so I know the feeling everyone of the dream.. this was not it.
The trailer had me hooked and I was like wow, one big adventure.
There were action sequences here and there, but way too short, then he goes back into nerd character and never really becomes the heroic person he aspires too. He is just a quite little nerdy guy hoping to get the boring girl.
In a nutshell.
1. 10% of movie is action.
2. 80% boring office dialogue and talking to girl and shots.
3. Dud love story. So boring.
4. He was just a boring dude and I really wanted him to break out and become "that" guy on the trailer, the mountain climber. Not.
5. This is where Michael Bay could have rocked this as director and with a better writer.
Written December 26, 2013
...About people who were critical of this movie. I feel like it's reflective of some greater societal issue that people didn't think that this is a wonderful movie that is packed with vital life lessons for adults and children alike. Is it perfect? No. Does it have a shot at best picture? None. BUT...can't we see the beauty in a well crafted film that reminds us to be in the moment, cherish each day, and enjoy the great people around us? The best part of this movie was the insightful discussion I had with my kids over dinner afterwards. Nothing better than that.