I'm glad that The Secret Life of Walter Mitty was the first movie of the year for me. Not because it is a cinematic masterpiece, but because the message it conveys is, in my opinion, "the quintessence of life": make your dreams come true, don't just use them as a means to escape your dull reality. YOU CAN.
Let's start from the beginning.
If you read this blog regularly, you know that far-fetched stories are not my cup of tea. However, in this case, the trailer sold the film for what it is, so I knew what I was in for. Also, the song of the trailer was one of those that make me impatient about seeing the whole thing.
Ben Stiller is Walter Mitty. He is a sad character whose life is only interesting when he zones out and daydreams. He has let life's hardships get the better of him and he doesn't even dare speak up when his rude colleagues bully him mercilessly. I enjoyed Stiller's performance, mostly because it was out of his usual repertoire of comedic characters. I really felt sorry for Walter in the beginning and I gladly followed his journey as he realized his dreams, made bold decisions and discovered his own strength.
Ben Stiller is also the director of this movie and he has done a wonderful job. The film is fast-paced but each scene is beautifully put together. The stunning landscapes help toward this direction and, all in all, the final result is visually impressive. One of the scenes that stands out is when Walter skateboards in Iceland. I could almost feel the freezing air on my cheeks.
The soundtrack is excellent. One of the most empowering moments in the film is when Kristen Wiig, who plays Walter's crush, sings Bowie's Space Oddity.
In a nutshell, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is very pleasant and it's a great way to start 2014 movie-wise.
"To see the world,
things dangerous to come to,
to see behind walls,
to draw closer,
to find each other
and to feel.
That is the purpose of Life."