- Posted December 30, 2013 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
iReport at the movies
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
"The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" defines the word entertainment. It was the answer on how to keep your holiday spirits alive between Christmas and New Years.
Ben Stiller's film had all the elements that I was looking for in a movie, adventure being number one. My list is followed by laughter, the pangs of a new relationship, long and enduring friendships with co-workers, taking care of an aging parent, the stress of working for a company in the middle of downsizing, situations that so many of us can relate to.
The cinematography took you on a journey that most of us only dream about. But I know personally a young man, who has made these adventures a reality, and I live daily, vicariously through his experiences. So this story is not so far fetched as one might think it to be. Anything is possible.
I read a review, where someone thought Walter did not find his heart in the story. I disagree, as I thought he found it when he strapped stones to the palms of his hands and road a skateboard down a long steep hill in Iceland, with the wind blowing in his face and wearing a big smile. He found his heart when he connected and experienced climbing the Himalayas, meeting new and different people and sharing their customs. This movie was full of heart for Walter Mitty.
Personally, I appreciated Sean Penn's words of wisdom for photographers and for that maybe you just have to see the movie and you won't be disappointed. I've been told these words many a time by my oldest son, when missing what I thought to be the capture of a lifetime. You walk away from this movie with a few lessons in life and it gives you things to think about on your own life's journey.
The opening credits, will have to receive some type of award as they were the work of a genius. They were hidden in the streets, walls and all to be discovered by the audience. Kept you very busy. Very clever.
The casting gets kudo's as well, Shirley McLain, Kristen Wiig, Kathryn Hahn, the list goes on. Ben Stiller did a great job directing the movie and starring in it, to me that would be like trying to pat your head and rub your tummy at the same time! Hats off to Steve Conrad, the screenwriter, look forward to many more movies from this fellow.
Great fun for the entire family. Thank you Johanne, for this delightful holiday present, a trip to the movies! You can't beat the gift of laughter!