Written December 30, 2013
I love this movie. As a kid, I read Walter Mitty stories and always loved the idea of a mental vacation or quick get-a-way to great adventures while teachers droned on about algebra or social studies. This movie has everything I always loved about that idea: a great mental adventure that turns out to be real; one that has real consequences that, ultimately, changes lives. Ben Stiller is great not only as an actor but also director and producer. I would classify this movie as a quiet man's Indiana Jones adventure and one we can all connect with. I highly recommend this movie.
Written December 26, 2013
This movie is about living your dreams and making every moment count. That may sound cheesy, but this movie inspires all of us to think about the meaning of our lives and what we do with them. Secret Life has little to do with the story of the same name by James Thurber (one of my all-time faves), but it's still a great movie. Ben Stiller, Kristen Wiig, and Sean Penn all deliver great performances. This movie is not meant to be Oscar-level high cinema, but at the end, I felt good and I cried. It was worth seeing on the big screen, and I hope it becomes a blockbuster. Do yourself a favor and go see it. Now.
Written December 26, 2013
Loved this movie. The story was great it is definetly a must see. Ben Stiller is one of my favorite actors and he is always worth the ticket price. Supurb casting and directing.
Written December 27, 2013
Definitely a feel good movie. The day-dreaming sequences are well done, but I didn't hear a single ta-pucket in any of them. Stiller re-imagined the character in more modern terms, and I think it was better for it. Go see the movie, smile and go home.
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.