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Review: 'The Secret Life of Walter Mitty'

Original post made on Dec 29, 2013

Reborn as a flashy but soppy new adventure directed by and starring Ben Stiller, the film is sentimental claptrap about (to paraphrase a character) "courage and going into the unknown."

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Posted by Matt Skrabo
a resident of another community
on Dec 29, 2013 at 8:45 am

This film fails to make any sense? It fails to entertain? Did you expect to see an action packed effects packed film that never fails to entertain by throwing explosions and images of excess or drama at your face instead of incredibly powerful scenes that rely on characters and a powerful storyline with more subtle humor and interesting interactions? Perhaps it is you who has failed. Failed to see the point. It's too bad nearly every "critic" of this film has said about the same thing. You mislead the public and the average moviegoer (and even not so average, I'm an independent filmmaker) to believe this movie lacks any substance when it truly thrives in its portrayal of humanity. The simplicity of it all! The plot and the scenes are so simple! And that's the beauty of this film. Sadly, sadly underrated.


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Posted by Michael
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Dec 29, 2013 at 9:19 am

This is the worst review of a film that has far more depth than given credit by the reviewer. The irony and commentary on modern life itself, spent now a days in a mostly digital realm, is completely lost on this reviewer.

This movie is artfully done, with lots of discussion to follow among the more thinking people that see this excellent film.


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Posted by cal
a resident of Menlo Park: Park Forest
on Dec 29, 2013 at 5:51 pm

i agree; i just saw it at loved it; i went with my 12 y/o str who also loved it. i loved the iceland photography and especially enjoyed Ben Stiller. I plan to buy it on dvd and watch if with my family in the future again.


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Posted by Julieanne
a resident of another community
on Dec 30, 2013 at 11:41 am

I, too, saw it yesterday and it is now in my top 5 all time favorite movies. I can completely see how this movie will not resonate with main-stream hollywood or media types. It's way too deep for just an "entertainment" value. It has "life" value, too much for most movie goers who want to be given a "fantasy". I cannot praise this movie enough! Thanks Ben Stiller!!!!


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Posted by michael
a resident of La Entrada School
on Dec 30, 2013 at 1:01 pm

"sight gags like "The End of 'Life'" and "'Life' Online," the magazine's digital future."

You should probably familiarize yourself with the history of Life magazine, particularly the titles of the first and last issues.

Also, the visuals and art direction here were stunning -- possibly Oscar-worthy.

Surely there's a knowledgeable person who could write movie reviews for this site.


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Posted by Kinz13
a resident of another community
on Dec 30, 2013 at 4:04 pm

I totally agree with the reviewer. This moving was lacking everything. Worst movie I've seen in years. Took my nieces hoping for a movie to remember. This one is a movie I hope to forget.


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Posted by Meg
a resident of another community
on Dec 31, 2013 at 6:25 pm

This reviewer is so wrong about the movie! It was a great movie with a good message, amazing visuals and music, and great acting. Ben Stiller did a wonderful job with it, showing life and not making it over the top like other movies out these days. Reviews like this that are so wrong about the movie because the writer didn't get it make the movie so underrated and give people wrong ideas especially when they say things like "but most of the time the picture strains to make any kind of sense, much less entertain" which is so completely not true. This is a great movie!


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Posted by John the traveler
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jan 3, 2014 at 10:25 am

I love to travel. I lovvvve to travel. When I moved away from Menlo Park and began working, travel became an adventurous pleasure. Now that I am older, I have done many European adventures on a bicycle. The magic in having a loose itinerary and taking the road less traveled makes me smile.
Ben's movie was fantastic because it reminds us that we should take time time to travel, meet drunk pilots, and see the world. Movie reviewers can miss the point and I would like to see if they have the talent to both act and direct. Walter Mitty is a great movie because Ben Stiller can show us that playing outside is not only for children!


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Posted by Daydream Believer
a resident of another community
on Jan 6, 2014 at 1:07 pm

I am exasperated by all the negative reviews this movie has received. This is a side of Ben Stiller I have never seen and that I--personally--want to see more of. That's the problem with critics. Most only know how to do just that...critique. Look at this movie and try...just try to see the beauty of the message it sends. Not that hard. This movie gave me something not one movie has given me in a very long time: HOPE. This movie was inspiring. It says to me that you don't have to be like Sean O'Connor to travel the world. Just get up and go! And that's pretty much what Ben did with Walter Mitty: He got up and made an exceptional movie that touched the hearts of the more critical thinking viewers. Most of the critics I've read post about this movie need to stick to Dora the Explorer. That seems more their speed. Or is that too difficult because, at times, she speaks another language...?


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Posted by Me
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Jan 6, 2014 at 1:29 pm

@Daydream Believer:

Have you seen Ben Stiller in the 2010 film Greenberg? This might be the 'more of' you may want to see!

I loved him in this Greenberg, and now can't wait to get my ticket for 'Walter Mitty'.


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Posted by Sean
a resident of another community
on Jan 7, 2014 at 8:59 am

Everyone is entitled to have an opinion, I just don't know why they ask the most jaded people to share theirs. I'm assuming this "critic"/ heckler must have failed at being a film maker or screen writer or something. There's no real understanding of how someone could be that negative about such a peaceful, feel good movie. If you really want to know if it's worth checking out check out the IMDB mete score and rating. Otherwise pay no attention to this daft life hating heckler.


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Posted by Kes
a resident of Atherton: other
on Jan 11, 2014 at 12:44 pm

Delightful. My children ages 12 and 13 loved this movie as much as me. The ending caught me by surprise and I was surprised by the tears on my cheeks. We were all very moved and loved the adventure. The critics seem to have missed the true message. A beautiful movie.


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Posted by TMoney
a resident of another community
on Feb 21, 2014 at 5:27 pm

Loved this Movie....A Movie you can appreciate, and would want to Watch more than once! Ben Stiller is absolutely a Wonderful Actor!!!

Day Dreaming at its best, Great Sound effects, Music, Funny, Ben Stiller goes out to find a missing photograph for the last published Time magazine. During his Journey he finds out he can do the impossible. He believes in his Company's Motto "To see the world, things dangerous to come, to see behind walls, to draw closer, to find each other and to feel. That this is the purpose of 'Life'" ~Love It...

Great Family Movie, Very Positive. Gives Viewers Hope! Thank You Director Norman Z. McLeod.


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