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The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

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Living his life caught between his day-dreams and work, Walter Mitty lives a life of routine and responsibility. When the most important project of his career is jeopardized by the loss of a photograph, Walter embarks on a quest to track down the man who took the photograph, in hopes of retrieving a copy of the missing photo. Finally forced into action, instead of just dreaming about it, Walter effectively changes his outlook on life and begins to live the life of which he once only dreamed.

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Reminiscent of a character and movie of the same name, featuring Danny Kaye, "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" is a fun and visceral experience. While this 2013 update, doesn't delve into the intrigue and espionage of its predecessor, it does present a minor mystery to propel its protagonist into motion. Starring and directed by Ben Stiller (Walter Mitty), the film presents Mitty's sudden dips into day-dream, as regular and incredibly inconvenient occurrences. Most are entertaining and imaginative, but to a certain degree, they are a little heavy handed. At times, Walter's day-dreams seemed more "Family Guy" than Mitty, as they tended to drift off into micro-epic events, versus simple asides. While they were entertaining and incorporated a fantastic amount of visual effects work, a little less could have been more helpful to the pacing. Despite this minor distraction and Adam Scott's very fake looking beard, the backdrop of the final printed issue of Time magazine and Walter's quest for its final cover photo, takes you on a fun-tastic adventure over seas, across vast stretches of mountains, and to the base of distant volcanos. This film reminds us that our concept of the world is often much smaller than it really is and grander than we can even imagine. Even though this movie lacks the heroism and romance of the 1947 classic, Ben Stiller's "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" is well worth a look and well worth the price of admission.

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