In this comedic adaptation of James Thurber's short story, Ben Stiller stars as Walter, a milquetoast proofreader for a magazine publishing firm. Walter is constitutionally incapable of standing up for himself, so he retreats into his fantasy world, where he is heroic, poised, self-assured, and the master of his fate. Stiller directed from a script by Steven Conrad, with Kristen Wiig, Patton Oswalt, and Shirley MacLaine rounding out the starring cast.~Jeremy Wheeler
Many young viewers may not have seen the original film (with Danny Kaye). This re-make is shot in some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world (Iceland). The visual effects are terrific; but the juxtaposition between the familial/business-related inter-personal dynamics make this a modern classic comedy satire. Ben Stiller and Kristen Wiig create the necessary space for the viewer to enter the film and experience the magic.
Walter Mitty couldn't have been a better movie. I was worried about another remake of an old classic but Ben Stillar ( directed and acted ) did an incredible job composing each and every shot in the movie. Every scene is like a beautiful photo.
Stillar does a masterful job of playing Walter Mitty as well and you won't soon forget the helicopter pilot or Kristen Wiig who is perfect as Walter's love interest.
Watch it on Blu Ray and you'll feel the same way I do.
I needed this one in my collection as I'm sure I'll be watching it over and over again
The ONLY negative is that they have not come out with an ultra 4K Edition. This movie is made for that kind of quality given all of its epic panoramic scenes. To be brief I just think it's a very unique movie. I'm not necessarily a huge Ben Stiller fan but this is not Ben Stiller and one of his normal roles. He does a great job within the limitations of his initial character while slowly becoming who he was meant to be through certain risks in life and taking those chances. I guess there's something about him that I relate to in that I know there are things inside me that this world has tried to crush but has not yet succeeded and in fact I have changed over the years more and more. The entire cast did a great job. Everybody from the drunk Icelandic pilot to Kristen Wiigs as Ben's love interest is fabulous. My three favorite scenes are quiet moment with the ghost cat, longboarding down an Icelandic road with sweeping, vastly empty but captivating views, and the courage inducing singing of Wiigs character of Major Tom. I've watched this film about 8 times and can't see a limitation to the times that I will watch this very uplifting film.
A lonely and introverted man globetrots halfway across the world to seek the one man who will save him (literally and figuratively). Along the way we will witness his daydreams and hopes, along with his adventures. Many critics blasted the movie and while I agree that for all the bold landscapes the movie provides, there isn't enough "oomph" in the plot. But that does not mean this movie is not enjoyable. It's whimsical on a grand scale. People can relate to Walter in some way. If anything else, this is a "message" movie that inspires us to go for it, to get what we want and not be held back by fear of the unknown. The Blu-ray disc is reference quality. The picture enhances the beautiful scenery of the various parts of foreign countries he visits (Greenland, Iceland). The sound is clear as the imaginary explosions and music take us to different locations. I wish there were more extras, but what's available is fine especially the making-of. The inspiration featurette is interesting and I only with it were much longer (it's under 4 min.).
LOVED this movie. Had low expectations going in (which usually helps) and liked it enough to watch it multiple times.
The humor is a bit goofy at times but there's an element of inspiring energy throughout the whole movie and a positive message.
The cinematography (and on lacation shooting) is gorgeous! And the soundtrack, including songs by Jose Gonzalez is beautiful and add so much to the film. What could've been just another mediocre comedy worked its way into a little masterpiece.
I'm normally not a fan of Ben Stiller films but there's something special about this movie that will keep drawing me back to it again and again