The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013)


Everyone in life watches at least one film that leaves a special mark and an indelible mark on it. There aren’t a lot of movies like that, so when you run into it you really remember it. For me, it’s this movie.

Walter Mitty (Ben Stiller) is a withdrawn and lonely employee of the magazine “Life” who is secretly in love with a new worker, single mother Cheryl Melhof (Kristen Wiig). When he receives 25 negatives for the cover of the final issue of “Life” in the mail from the mysterious photographer and adventurer Sean O’Connell (Sean Penn), whom he never met in person, but who is his role model (since the new leadership intends to shut down the magazine and launch a new online ) discovers that the last, 25th negative is missing and this is where his life adventure begins – he sets off in search of the lost negative and Sean.

Although there has already been a film adaptation of this short story, the most famous is the one from 1947 with Danny Kay in the lead role, this adaptation is not a classic remake or rip off but a rather original and fresh story, with quite a few new elements. Ben Steeler, who is also the director of the film, did both jobs brilliantly. In his interpretation, Voltaire is an incredibly convincing and lively character. A visually impressive and miraculous film in which the fantasies of the main character change from reality are done flawlessly. I was never some big fan of his, but after this movie he bought me for all time. This project is a great combination of adventure, comedy and drama.

The shots of Greenland, Iceland and the Himalayas are fairytale and unrealistically beautiful. Let’s not forget Jose Gonzalez’s great musical background Stay Alive, and David Bowie’s timeless hit – Space Oddity. Of the cast, it is still worth noting Adam Scott as a slimy manager, Shirley MacLaine as a wise and vital mother of Voltaire, and a particularly striking episode of the fantastic Sean Penn as a charismatic and witty photographer of free-spirited spirit. The motto of the magazine “Life” is: To see life, see the world and in that definition lies the very essence of this film.

This is one of those movies that after you watch it, you leave the cinema hall with a huge smile and a full heart. It is not a flawless film – the scene with sharks, and the one where Voltaire’s mobile phone rings on top of the Himalayas are exaggerated and unrealistic, but that in no way diminishes the quality and beauty of this film – it only makes it imperfectly alive, and therefore infinitely beautiful and charming. . Not to forget to mention the karaoke scene, which is hilarious, the humor runs through the whole film, but not the vulgar and tasteless one, but above all healthy and fun.

I could still write about this film, but it doesn’t make sense – the most important thing I said. I will end this review with the desire for as many people as possible to watch this film, because it represents a ray of light in our already gloomy and black lives.