The Secret Life of Walter Mitty Review

I remember when I first saw the trailer for Walter Mitty. I thought it was a fantastic trailer, and I think it is the best trailer of the year. It said so much without an ounce of dialogue. I was immediately hooked, but the critics seemed to think differently. Walter Mitty was not getting the reviews I wanted, so I approached the film cautiously. I am very happy to say, while it is not the best film, it is far better than critics are making it out to be. It may be predictable, and have several bland characters, but it is a fun film nonetheless. The two weakest parts were really the plot, and some two-dimensional characters. The element of the plot that was problematic was the twist. It was far to obvious (for me at least). I think they could have pulled it off in a much better way. The characters that were really two-dimensional were Walter’s sister (played by Kathryn Hahn) and Adam Scott’s character of Ted Hendricks. One was the cut and dry annoying sister, while the other was just a typical evil executive. I feel like they could have been a bit more rounded, but it did not take too much away from the experience. The film shines with it’s cinematography, heart, soundtrack, and the lead performances. Ben Stiller and Kristen Wiig were both excellent, and they had remarkable chemistry. Another actor I think deserves a mention is Sean Penn. There was something very real about his portrayal of Sean O’ Connell. His performance was my personal favorite. This is a very visual film, and the cinematography is excellent. I was blown away by the shots, and it was only made better by the soundtrack. There was a good choice of music that really immersed me into this film. While some areas of the film are problematic, it still remains a good film. I highly recommend checking this one out.



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