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 February 24, 2014
Ben Stiler does a great job in the leading role walking us through the movie. As for the movie itself, like most day dreams it's funny sad and wierd all at the same time and it probably would have fallen flat if it wasn't for Ben Stiler and some of the one liners in the movie. I thought it was very enjoyable though some might have thought it slow and dragging. I would recommend it as a nice way to spend a night out.
Written February 09, 2014
What a great movie! It had all the elements of adventure, love and loss. It was brilliantly directed and felt like we were traveling with him. We took our two boys ages 6 and 10. Knowing it would be a little long for the 6 year old since it wasn't animated, we also packed some snacks. He was pretty entertained throughout the movie, however, just hiding his eyes on the kissing parts. There are so few movies these days that a whole family can go to and enjoy for different reasons and yet still receive a poignant message. I highly recommend this do all families with kids over 5!
Written December 25, 2013
we loved it - very inspiring - he's all of us - my young 13 yr old had fun and understood it -the cinematography was great - really really cool effects - penn's cameo is terrific
Written December 27, 2013
First I want to say I just plain enjoyed the movie. If your OK with a movie that challenges the assumptions that have you stuck, this is "one of those kind of movies.'so go see it'
You can decide whether it's light or heavy. I found it to be both