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Times of India
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.
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
before, this one gives viewers another side to this actor - one who can handle such ambitious films with ease.
Luckily for the film, all the residents and municiplaities agreed to willfully co-operate with the film production, as reported by the local media in Iceland.
Before Ben Stiller was finalized to play the character if Walter Mitty, actors like Owen Wilson and Jim Carrey were considered for the role.
During different shots in the film, the straps on Cheryl's white bag alternate between 1-2.
In the sound track of the film, sirens are heard but in the film actually, 3 klaxon type horns are shown when the alarm for the volcanic repution goes off in Iceland.
The barely-based-on-a-true-story "American Hustle" opens with a title card that reads "Some of this stuff actually happened." In that same sense, "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" 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.