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03 Jan, 2014 1 hr 55 mins U/A
Ben Stiller, Kristen Wiig, Kathryn Hahn, Shirley MacLaine, Sean Penn, lafur Darri lafsson, Patton Oswalt, Adam Scott
Synopsis
Although Stiller has acted in far-out films like Zoolander before, this one gives viewers another side to this actor – one who can handle such ambitious films with ease.
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Story: Walter Mitty (Stiller) has put in many years at LIFE magazine. His visions of being more assertive, daring and confident never go beyond daydreams. When photojournalist Sean O'Connell (Penn) sends him a roll of film one day, it has one missing negative. Walter tries to track down O'Connell and locate the negative.

Review: Ben Stiller has reached back to James Thurber's 1939 short story of the same title, as inspiration for this movie about a daydreamer who has heroic dreams about himself.

The timid Walter tracks down a co-worker he fancies called Cheryl (Wiig) on a social network, and when that route proves unfruitful, he contacts the site's admin, Todd Maher (Oswalt) to help him out. Todd urges Walter to engage Cheryl in real life. And while he pursues that, other events lead to LIFE going under the hammer. In comes Ted Hendricks (Scott), the arrogant 'managing director of transition' who develops a tendency to browbeat Walter.

As the movie unfolds, we learn that there's more to Walter than him just scrutinizing photographs all day, for the last 16 years. Perhaps sensing Walter's latent potential, O'Connell would send his pictures for publication only to Walter, who he felt did proper justice to them.

However, a missing negative in the roll that the revered but nomadic O'Connell sends him, destined for use in the magazine's last issue, leads him on a continent-hopping trail that involves rides with a drunken chopper pilot (Olafsson) in Greenland, dodging an erupting volcano in Iceland and more. The Icelandic landscapes look picture-postcard perfect and the varied scenery, as he crisscrosses the globe, will take your breath away.

As Walter travels, he slowly metamorphoses from the socially awkward gimp into the man he's always dreamed of becoming. Penn gives O'Donnell the right amount of enigmatic, distant charm. Walter's mom Edna (MacLaine) has a brief but impactful presence. Although Stiller has acted in far-out films like Zoolander before, this one gives viewers another side to this actor - one who can handle such ambitious films with ease.
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One of my favourite feel good movies.
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Jhulan Chatterjee
The barely-based-on-a-true-story &quot;American Hustle&quot; opens with a title card that reads &quot;Some of this stuff actually happened.&quot; In that same sense, &quot;The Secret Life of Walter Mitty&quot; is based on a short story by Columbus native James Thurber.<br/><br/>Ben Stiller stars as the title character, a mild-mannered photography clerk at Life magazine who escapes his mundane surroundings with elaborate imaginary adventures.
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