The Secret Life of Walter Mitty - Review

"The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" wants to be a modern fable and director/star Ben Stiller works overtime to carry that goal off, managing the difficult feat of tugging on heartstrings without yanking on them, though the innate silliness of the fantasy elements threatens to cover up how good the film really is.

Less of an adaptation of James Thurber's classic story and more of a re-imagining of the classic Danny Kaye film, this version of Walter Mitty (Stiller) runs the negatives department for storied Life Magazine. He's less henpecked by marriage--he is actually looking for the future Mrs. Mitty--than by life in general, which he frequently runs away from into his fervent imagination. Or at least he did until the hunt for the missing negative, which will mark the final cover of Life, sends him around the world on a very real adventure for once.


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