Thursday, January 02, 2014

The Secret life of Walter Mitty Movie Review.

Before going to the movie, I've heard good and bad things about the movie. And I would say, many people judge the movie before watching it, because of the movie title or the book.

This is a Ben Stiller Movie. Not really based solely on the book written in 1939. The character is the same day dreamer, Walter Mitty taking on an adventure, however it is not the same as that Walter Mitty Story in 1939.

Movie Description.
"A day-dreamer escapes his anonymous life by disappearing into a world of fantasies filled with heroism, romance and action. When his job along with that of his co-worker are threatened, he 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."

This movie does not try to explain the past of Walter Mitty, although some things are inferred. And the whole movie, other than his fantastic daydream adventures, is actually quite realistic, as Walter Mitty is not just some nerd/office worker, he was a teenager who can skateboard in the past.

I like the movie, as it inspires me to do more. Many people limit themselves by looking at what Walter Mitty did, and say that this only happens in the movie, and yes, picking on little details of movie like - flying from NYC to NUUK is expensive. But flying from JFK to LHR to Iceland is relatively affordable. (

But that is not the point, many people fear change, yet they make New Years Resolution to change. Many people do not like their work and get into bad situations as they fear the unknown. They may have a lot of other skills and passions, never realized as they were brought up to "get an education, get a stable job, climb up the corporate ladder."

The movie does a good job of embracing the moment, and showing the grandeur of Iceland and Greenland, which I've always wanted to visit. Focusing on this adventure, and how Walter Mitty let go his fears and just seize the moment, the movie does a great job in telling this story.

There are many voices that speak to us and motivates us, why silence them and only let the negative voices in you speak up to tell you about the dangers, and question you on everything you do? Its a great movie showing what adventure lies ahead if we only want to put some irrational fears aside and live the moment.

Again, this has got nothing to do with the book, nothing to do with the other movie about Walter Mitty. This is something else, so don't be disappointed. And Walter Mitty does not become a super hero that save the world from just a regular office guy.

Overall, I feel that the release of this movie is quite timely as it is a great motivating story to change your new year.


-- Robin Low

Overall: 8/10
Catch it in the Cinemas in the new year.

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