The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

     have never seen such a stunning film that made me so in love with mundane life. Unlike many of the cinematic productions today, it didn’t add unneeded sex scenes or silly emotional dramas. The story line focused on happy family relationships, the struggle of dealing with a difficult boss, and soaking up the immense beauty of life. With artistic cinematography like a Wes Anderson film and the light humor of Ben Stiller and Kristen Wiig, a riveting movie came together that should have received more credit than it did. 
     A man dwelling in vividly dramatized daydreams, Walter Mitty, played by Ben Stiller, is an employee of Life magazine, where he converts negatives for print. As the publication is about to produce its last paper issue, and lay off many of its workers, Walter discovers a crucial picture is missing. Sean O’Connell, played by Sean Penn, is a mysterious, vintage technology using photographer who sends a negative for the last cover of Life. Prompted by a female co-worker, whom he admires, Walter embarks on a mission to find Sean and the lost negative. He leaves behind his daydreams and becomes a doer.
     I came away from this stimulating motion picture happy and restored, which is a rare response to contemporary art. Panoramic views of Greenland, made me ache to travel. The amusing coincidences and outrageous predicaments of Walter Mitty’s life, fed my craving for adventure. What was most reviving about this film was that Walter didn’t jaunt off into the wilderness to find himself. He was finishing a task for Sean and the magazine, while trying to retain his means of supporting his mom and sister. It wasn’t Walter’s efforts to make his own life better that changed him, it was the encouraging woman and the unselfish desire to finish the task that transformed him.

Veronica A.


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