THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY: THE REVIEW

Salty Kernel, Claire Smith, has been so keen to see this film ever since the trailer released, I swear it already made her top 20 films of the year before the movie had finished production. She got a work invite to the premiere, not Salty related, and as the rules state for our top 20 lists (about to put them up sometime today or tomorrow) the film had to have a review on the site to be considered so, enjoy Claire’s lovefest. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty has released already, is rated PG and runs for 114mins.

 

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THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY: THE SALTY POPCORN REVIEW

 

Walter Mitty is the Negatives Asset Manager for Life Magazine; he is in charge of developing and presenting pictures from famed explorer Sean O’Connell for consideration of cover images. When Walter learns that the magazine is due to shut down and he is missing an all important image from his set, he steps off into the unknown to find the missing image.

Mitty – played by Ben Stiller (Zoolander, Tropic Thunder) is too shy to simply chat with girl-of-his-dreams – Cherryl (Kristen Wiig – Bridesmaids, Anchorman 2) at work, Walter daydreams of elaborate scenarios where he wins Cheryl’s heart by saving her three-legged dog from a house fire or greeting her amidst a wild and untamed glacier.

 

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THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY: THE SALTY POPCORN REVIEW

 

The film is an astounding and profound celebration of life and dreams. It challenges the viewer on the “why not?” of bravery and stepping into the unknown. From the first thirty seconds of the opening credits, I was absolutely sold on this film. The cinematography is just glorious and plays with the notion of cartoon-esque real life fantasies and daydreams. There’s wonderful usage of text in-situ –  text messages are revealed as mountain avalanches crumble away to reveal the text onscreen. Opening credits are displayed as bus terminal signs or road markings. If you have seen 2006’s Will Ferrell and Maggie Gyllenhaal film Stranger than Fiction, or Zach Braff’s 2004 film Garden State and loved them to bits, like I did, I dare say that you’ll find a new favourite in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.

It’s important to note that this film is actually a book adaptation. There was an original film in 1947 which paved the way for the first iteration of its original story and featured such impossible scenarios as WWII conspiracies and Dutch Crown Jewels. The film seems to have been stripped bare and a few other actors (Jim Carrey, Owen Wilson, Mike Myers and Sacha Baron Cohen, according to IMDB) were pushed aside on the project before finally resting on Stiller to take a seat in the directors chair and also to star as the lead role. It was a good choice.

 

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THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY: THE SALTY POPCORN REVIEW

 

Also important to note is that the film seems to be getting totally panned in reviews elsewhere. After a quick scan of the reviews from other websites, it seems that some of the more discerning viewers found the film too blatant and blunt in its metaphors. In my humble opinion, it’s an absolutely extraordinary film that brings the independent cinema’s style of storytelling to the Hollywood mainstream, and as such the reviewers panning it may not have their heads in the right space to give it justice in their write-ups. Watch the full length trailer, not the TV spots to get a better idea on what this movie is all about.

The soundtrack is absolutely stellar! Wonderful Jose Gonzales originals and some old favourites are reinvented within this storyline. It’s rare to see such a touching and lasting score and soundtrack to a film – I haven’t been this excited for an OST since the soundtrack to Garden State was released.

Absolute perfect score from me. Couldn’t fault it. Love love loved it. Can’t wait for the blu-ray release!! It’s an extraordinary and astounding film. Ignore the haters and go see this one. Such a feel good film. Recommended Boxing Day, rainy day, heatwave day or any day viewing.

 

KERNEL CLAIRE’S POP SCORE: 

5 Pops

JK’S POP SCORE: 

4 and a Half Pops

KERNEL BEN’S POP SCORE:

2 and a Half Pops

KERNEL JOHN’S POP SCORE: 

4 Pops

KERNEL ADAM’S POP SCORE:

3 and a Half Pops

KERNEL NICK’S POP SCORE:

4 Pops