Ben Stiller’s “Walter Mitty” updates 1940s short story for a 21st-century audience


“The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,” based off of the original short story by James Thurber, perfectly captures the unfortunate aspect many working-class Americans face today: ennui.
As a negative assets manager, Walter Mitty (Ben Stiller) must take on the task of producing the cover photo for the last ever “Life Magazine” as the company prepares to shift completely web-based. From the start, his life seems full of depression and dullness due to his failed ideal love life and lack of interest in his field of work.
However, as we all know, how we escape from the horrid world many of us have landed in is throughout daydream, which Mitty happens to be an expert at. So much so that it defines who he is. Unfortunately, his habit of “zoning out” quickly begins to harm him more than help.
Noticing all of the flaws in his life, Mitty personally takes the challenge in making something out of himself by turning his job into an adventure. His adventure takes him across the world to the volcanoes of Iceland and beautiful sunsets of Greenland as he not only finds what he’s looking for, but also finds himself in nature.
Motivation strikes this remarkably structured character through his crush, Cheryl (Kristen Wig) who he dreams frequently about throughout the film. With the right mixture of emotion and comedy through clever dialogue, Mitty is able to ignore the pessimism and hatred from those such as his boss and look up to people like Cheryl.
However, the incredible cinematography made this movie stand out more than anything. Unique camera angles in stunning geographical locations and a beautiful soundtrack left the audience with goosebumps. Something that had never exactly been perfected in such a modern and current film, will surely leave you wanting to reward the director, who just happened to be Ben Stiller as well.
What makes “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” so exhilarating and intriguing is thanks to how relatable it comes across to its audience. In addition to its inspirational acting and exceptional cinematography, this movie shows us that no matter who you are or where you come from, you can make anything happen with the right amount of courage.