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REVIEW: The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty

REVIEW: The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty

This is a feel-good family film with a naïve optimism  akin to “Forrest Gump”. Stiller’s Walter Mitty  doesn’t have an ounce of cynicism in him. Some  can call  it sappy but I found this one  sweet. I walked out feeling  better about the world.

Stiller’s Mitty is a nebbish guy who escapes in this  daydreams where he’s a hero who  saves the day and wins the girl of his dreams, Kristen Wiig (who competes against herself in “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues”.) She’s the straight woman here.

When Mitty and his co-worker face firing by their new bosses, led by the snarky Adam Scott, he goes off on a globe-trotting mission  and ends up on a real-life heroic  adventure.

Patton Oswalt is perfect as his more-heard-than-seen personal  counselor at E-Harmony.com.  By the way, this concierge dating service didn’t exist til Stiller stretched the truth in this film.  Now, E-Harmony actually has a  personal date advisor for-hire. Shirley MacLaine has a small but winning role as  Mitty’s mom.  Sean Penn has an equally small , though pivotal role.

The road- trip part of the movie has exquisite  scenery. The soundtrack is awesome.  Nice guys finish  first in this one. A good one for the whole family.

2-and-a-half stars


 

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