The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is a generic and emotionally manipulative hero movie that might as well be a commercial with Fleet Foxes playing in the background.
Walter Mitty (Ben Stiller) lives life through his daydreams, but when his job along with that of his co-worker (Kristen Wiig) are threatened, Walter takes action in the real world embarking on a global journey that turns into an adventure more extraordinary than anything he could have ever imagined.
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty has stunning cinematography thanks to the set locations.
Unfortunately they were wasted on a cliched, contrived and predictable story of a daydreamer with forgettable characters.
After a slew of choreographed daydreams Mitty’s real life adventures kicks off interestingly enough thanks to David Bowie. His crush Cheryl (played by Wiig) played Major Tom as he hopped into a helicopter (with determined illuminated blue eyes) just in time before its drunk pilot got it flying without a hitch.
After that our hero, who spent a chunk of 16 years in a thankless job cooped up in what looks like a storage room developing negatives, breezes through a physically demanding yet one of the easiest clue adventure ever with an accompanying indie track in the background to set the mood.
The supporting cast is sidetracked as Walter Mitty finally turns his dreams into a reality. Ben Stiller is okay, but the role doesn’t really require much.
The result – a string of calculated life affirming videos complete with product placements and manufactured get-out-of-your-shell/Carpe Diem messages. The movie ambitiously, but too obviously, attempts to lift your spirits without any nuance.
As for the ending, well of course its happily ever after complete with a slow-motion walk, the modern equivalent of riding off into the sunset.
My Rating: 4/10