Walter Mitty (Ben Stiller) lives life through his daydreams, but when his job at the iconic Time Magazine (along with that of all of his co-workers including the beguiling Cheryl played by Kristen Wiig) is to be phased out for the new all-digital edition, Walter must jump to action in the real world. Walter embarks on a global trotting adventure more extraordinary than anything he could have ever imagined, in search of the one man who may be able to bring closure Walter’s final days at Time.
A passion project of director/star Ben Stiller’s, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is a visually stunning piece of work that has a strong heart to the story and a really likeable cast. Stiller is great as the goofy dreamer Mitty and Wiig shines as the single mother that becomes his object of affection. The pair has some solid chemistry between the pair and that helps ground the film through all of its flights of fancy. The film features a glorified cameo from Sean Penn that works very well, and Adam Scott’s turn as the villain of the piece is full of awkward awesomeness.
The shooting of the film marks a huge step up for Stiller behind the director’s chair as there are many stunning visuals and some excellent CG effects work that will remind many of Life of Pi in the beautiful way they are staged. The imagery translates well to the small screen as well. The Blu-ray includes some deleted/extended scenes and some behind the scenes footage looking at some of the CG work put in the film.
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is a fun, lightweight yet enjoyable fantasy fable that transfers well to the home screen. The film is a sugary sweet treat that will delight viewers when watching, as long as they aren’t looking for too much substance behind the film.