MOVIE REVIEW: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013)





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Beautiful scenic shots, action-packed daydream sequences, an awesome playlist, and a protagonist whom many could relate to are some of the numerous delights “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” could offer.  Directed, co-produced and starred by Ben Stiller, the movie is about the shy, well-mannered Walter Mitty and his dive into the unknown as he searches for the lost photo #25. 

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Of course, a feel good movie won’t be complete without a leading lady who is in the form of Kristen Wiig. The funny Kristen Wiig plays Cheryl Melhoff, Walter’s apple of the eye. It’s nice that the movie doesn’t revolve around Walter’s crush towards Cheryl, which prevents it from being called a chick flick or a romcom.

Kristen Wiig as Cheryl Melhoff
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                                         Walter Mitty (Ben Stiller) and Cheryl Melhoff (Kristen Wiig).
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                                          Walter Mitty (Ben Stiller) and Cheryl Melhoff (Kristen Wiig).
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Aside from the busy streets of New York, the movie displays vivid landscapes of Iceland from its vast, winding valleys to its cold, snow-capped mountains. The sights become more beautiful because of the well-picked soundtrack making the viewer even more consumed to the movie.

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 Check out Ben Stiller's killer skateboard moves.
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Hands-down my favourite parts of the movie are: (1) the scene where projected Cheryl comes out and sings Space Oddity by David Bowie, and (2) the ending where the sought-after #25 is, at last, shown. The ending, like the whole movie, is beautiful and well thought out. It will not leave you hanging. It has a good closing that leaves you happy and contented of how it turned out – a 100% feel-good movie for the whole family.


 Cheryl sings "Space Oddity".
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The primary reason why I badly wanted to watch this movie is that I am a big Kristen Wiig fan. It will be the first time to see her play as the leading man’s love interest and someone who’s so normal – a break from her usual crazy, cartoonish characters. But, as I intently watch through the movie, it’s hard not to fall for or empathize with Walter. I believe he signifies that part in us that longs for something big to happen in our lives. Every one of us is a “Walter Mitty”. We only differ from one another based on how much W.M. there is in us.

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This movie tells us that it’s okay to dream and have a brief escape from reality as long as, in the end, we act on these dreams and turn them into reality. Wouldn’t it be better to live our dreams rather than just dream about them? I know it’s easier said than done but why not try? It’s unnerving to take that huge leap of faith but hey, you only get to live once. And, which is scarier: coming out of one’s comfort zone or reaching that point in your life when you regret not doing the things you once dreamed to do?

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Anyway, before this movie review turns into someone’s life reflection, let me end this by giving kudos to the cast and crew for creating this movie and presenting to us “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”.  

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