My List: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013)

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Rating: 10/10

Walter Mitty is trying to track down a photo that’s been lost and a photographer that’s hard to find to protect a job he doesn’t want. He views his life as being something not worthwhile as his imagination runs wild. He pictures himself as an adventurer and a person who takes chances, when in reality he is anything but. He likes a woman (Kristen Wiig), and it turns out they’re perfect for each other but he’s so down on himself that he can’t even imagine she’d be interested in him. That is until he becomes one of those adventurers he imagines himself to be.

This is a strange anomaly of a movie. It is filled with comedic actors and has comedy parts but it’s more of a dramatic tale about a man who’s just now learning to break out of his shell. It’s an artsy film that still tells a pretty good story. I don’t know if I’ve seen anything quite like it.

Something else I really like in this film is its use of music. I think that both the score and the prerecorded music is matched perfectly with the scenes they are used in that it really makes every part of the film a joy to watch.

Many might consider this movie slow-paced, and it is, but I would not say it’s boring. This is a movie where a slow-pace works, it manages to have a pace that matches the film and doesn’t waste any of my time.

Why you should watch it before you die: This movie took 20 or 30 years to make. Maybe even more, I don’t know. But the script had gone through a million rewrites, they tried to get it with Jim Carrey headlining and Steven Spielberg directing in the early nineties, and continued to try throughout the ages until it fell into Ben Stiller’s lap and he made a nearly perfect movie out of it. I’m not saying this movie is for everyone, just people with a soul.

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