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Movie Review: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
Christianity Today ^ | 12/23/13 | Kenneth R Morefield

Posted on 12/25/2013 4:53:59 AM PST by SoFloFreeper

Let us now praise average men.

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty confronts that age-old question—does a movie get its drama through its plot or its characters? Its answer is to shrug indifferently, try to do both, and do neither.

It's the complete opposite of Robert Frost's "The Road Not Taken": two potential movies diverged from a famous short story. Ben Stiller took the one most travelled by. Then he changed his mind and tried to go back and take the other one, but by then it was too late...

Walter's situation changes, but does his character develop? The original short story by James Thurber is about a hen-pecked husband who retreats to a fantasy world as a defense against his own feelings of inadequacy. We've already had two films this season—Inside Llewyn Davis and Enough Said—in which women are brutally verbally abusive in their speech to and about men, so I was glad enough to see that plot point go by the boards.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: faith; film
I was kind of interested in seeing this film; more so than Scorsese's "Wolf"....I figured Ben would do a feel good family flick....

Mitty had potential, but this reviewer thinks the storytelling is a bit too jumbled.....

1 posted on 12/25/2013 4:54:00 AM PST by SoFloFreeper
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To: SoFloFreeper

I was kind of ambivalent about this movie based on the trailers. I’ll probably not see it if it is a two-life fantasy piece.

Honestly, there are so many ‘stars’ who at some point in their careers who’ve become famous for, say comedy or other aspect, venture off into roles and stories they feel have to validate themselves as a ‘serious actor’.

There are several luminaries (Sandler, Stiller, Carrey, Williams, Dreyfus, et al) who fit this description, and they have made some of the most god-awful pigs one can imagine. Additionally most of them inevitably turn out to be pure liberal leftists.


2 posted on 12/25/2013 5:13:12 AM PST by Gaffer
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To: SoFloFreeper
"I figured Ben would do a feel good family flick...."

Kind of like "Something about Mary", where he went on a date with jizz on his ear, and the girl wiped it off and rubbed it in her hair? Have never like him since that. Who would do that just because it was in the script but a total POS who wanted money more than decency or dignity?

3 posted on 12/25/2013 5:15:45 AM PST by Slump Tester (What if I'm pregnant Teddy? Errr-ahh -Calm down Mary Jo, we'll cross that bridge when we come to it)
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To: SoFloFreeper

ta-pocketa-pocketa-pocketa


4 posted on 12/25/2013 5:18:51 AM PST by saganite (What happens to taglines? Is there a termination date?)
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To: Gaffer

I understand.

I think Stiller, by and large, is a bit different from the others you mentioned. Granted he is likely a pretty leftist Hollywood type....but he is talented in front and behind the camera....Even though I probably do not agree with him politically, he has been relatively funny and apolitical.

His films can have some excellent social commentary, even if they do so in a crass fashion....I’m thinking of his pointed mockery of the modern notion of beauty; or his “Cable Guy” where the protagonist is someone whose social skills are retarded because his “babysitter” when he was was a child was television.


5 posted on 12/25/2013 6:16:04 AM PST by SoFloFreeper
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To: Slump Tester

Good point....but see my comments above.


6 posted on 12/25/2013 6:16:56 AM PST by SoFloFreeper
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To: Gaffer

Regarding post 5: the mockery of beauty was a reference to his film “Zoolander”....

And “Dodgeball” was pretty good...about teamwork, never giving up, etc.


7 posted on 12/25/2013 6:22:18 AM PST by SoFloFreeper
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To: SoFloFreeper

IN retrospect, I think my classing him with the others as to on-record films might be a little harsh. There are certainly a lot of good ones he’s made for sure - a couple or three were real sinkers. I think that’s the influence of his parents, myself, and being somewhat rigorous to making many films that aren’t political trash.

That said, I pretty much stand by the others. These guys are the worst offenders in my book.


8 posted on 12/25/2013 6:30:18 AM PST by Gaffer
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To: SoFloFreeper

Read the book back in the 50s, don’t remember much about it except I liked the book.


9 posted on 12/25/2013 6:39:06 AM PST by Graybeard58 (_.. ._. .. _. _._ __ ___ ._. . ___ ..._ ._ ._.. _ .. _. .)
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To: SoFloFreeper

I avoid remakes. They almost never live up to the first run (they are one or two exceptions).

And sorry Ben Affleck in the starring role does nothing for me. Give me Danny Kaye any day of the week. The man was pure genius


10 posted on 12/25/2013 6:55:38 AM PST by Nifster
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To: Gaffer
Add Will Ferrell to your list. ANCHORMAN 2 is awful. Instead of telling what could have been a very funny movie about the sad state of TV "news", it devolved into a lot of comedians trying to prove to their friends what dumb skits they can do.

I would love to find DVDs of the old WKRP in Cincinnati. It's the same basic theme, but funny.

11 posted on 12/25/2013 7:10:06 AM PST by grania
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To: SoFloFreeper

“The Secret Life of Wlater Mitty” starring Danny Kaye and Virginia Mayo, will be broadcast on TCM, Thursday night, at 8pm EST.

as was written .... ta-pocketa-pocketa-pocketa!

I’ve got my ‘dvr/tevo/vcr thingie’ set to record it, how’s about you?


12 posted on 12/25/2013 7:51:42 AM PST by Terry L Smith
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To: SoFloFreeper

Sean Penn is in it.

I’ll pass.


13 posted on 12/25/2013 8:51:02 AM PST by Larry - Moe and Curly (Loose lips sink ships.)
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To: grania

GOOD shows about the sad state of TV news date back to the ‘60’s and The Mary Tyler Moore Show.


14 posted on 12/25/2013 10:11:54 AM PST by jimtorr
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To: SoFloFreeper

Family is going to Scorses’s Wolf tomorrow night. Will let you know it if is worth it. Six of us (all adults) are going. Brother and Sister in law, Sister and Brother in law, and my wife and I will be attending tomorrow evening (December 26). I really like Ben Stiller (and my brother went to school with his wife Christine and I did know her being two years older). However, the movie looks BORING!!! I just think that the Wolf of Wall Street will be much more exciting and why we decided on that. The other possibility mentioned was Saving Mr. Banks…the ladies were somewhat interested but the men said, “heck no”. lol.


15 posted on 12/25/2013 7:05:33 PM PST by napscoordinator ( Santorum-Bachmann 2016 for the future of the country!)
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To: Slump Tester

Lighten up Francis. That movie was hilarious the first time I saw it….saw it again a few times and the humor fades as it ages, but that first time was incredibly off the wall funny.


16 posted on 12/25/2013 7:07:30 PM PST by napscoordinator ( Santorum-Bachmann 2016 for the future of the country!)
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To: SoFloFreeper

OK peeps, I just got back from watching “Mitty”. My daughter had bought advanced tickets for my wife and I so we were committed. Some of the Iceland and Greenland shots were fantastic. Some of the music was cool. Other than that, it sucked, to put it delicately. The dialog made me want to look around and ask someone to shoot me. Just insane. Acting was mediocre at best. You could tell Stiller, Penn, and the female lead were just there for the paycheck. You’d have to check your brain at the door in order to think the plot was believable. Everyone in my group felt the same way. Save your money.


17 posted on 12/25/2013 9:28:35 PM PST by Ronald_Magnus
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To: SoFloFreeper

Wolf is apparently quite sordid. It was originally rated NC-17, and one person who saw the film at a special screening confronted DiCaprio and Scorsesee (sp?) screaming at them saying they should be ashamed and the movie was disgusting. You’ve been warned.


18 posted on 12/25/2013 10:31:57 PM PST by Pining_4_TX (All those who were appointed to eternal life believed. Acts 13:48)
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To: Pining_4_TX

Just saw it last night.

Cool effects and the scenery was amazing. Loved Stiller in the downhill skateboard scene.

Seemed like a movie about a lot of nothing, but it was pleasant to watch.


19 posted on 01/13/2014 4:52:11 AM PST by LibsRJerks
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To: LibsRJerks

Good thing you weren’t texting. Some crazy old guy might have shot you! We live in a world gone mad.


20 posted on 01/14/2014 9:40:23 PM PST by Pining_4_TX (All those who were appointed to eternal life believed. Acts 13:48)
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To: Ronald_Magnus

You should have picked ‘Saving Mr Banks’.


21 posted on 01/14/2014 10:05:06 PM PST by pbear8 (the Lord is my light and my salvation)
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To: Terry L Smith

Is the original on Youtube or anything?


22 posted on 01/14/2014 10:09:05 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: Pining_4_TX

bump


23 posted on 01/14/2014 10:10:32 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: GeronL

I found part one anyways

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xo7lhv_the-secret-life-of-walter-mitty-1947-part-one_creation


24 posted on 01/14/2014 10:17:30 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: GeronL

GeronL wrote:
“Is the original on Youtube or anything?”

I would have thought that with all the reckoning skills that mankind were endowed with by Providence, that this particular question might just be moot.

Maybe I overestimated of mankind, huh?


25 posted on 01/17/2014 2:27:38 PM PST by Terry L Smith
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To: Terry L Smith

lol


26 posted on 01/17/2014 2:28:03 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: Terry L Smith

What about the movie with the giant rabbit named Harvey or something?


27 posted on 01/17/2014 2:28:34 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: GeronL

THat was Jimmy Stewart in Harvey. Good flick.


28 posted on 01/17/2014 2:30:44 PM PST by Lurker (Violence is rarely the answer. But when it is it is the only answer.)
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