Monday, August 5, 2013

All Right 'Walter Mitty', You Have My Attention...

The trailer for The Secret Life of Walter Mitty debuted last week, so I am definitely behind on reporting on it.  A friend of mine excitedly messaged me on Facebook asking me if I had seen the trailer, declaring that the visual style was pretty grand.  I didn't think anything of it, but then I saw it before a movie last week.  Man, oh man, does this look striking.

Mitty is directed by its star, Ben Stiller.  A remake of the 1947 film of the same name, Stiller plays the title character (originally played by Danny Kaye), a lowly office worker who fantasies about a more exciting life for himself.  When the jobs of his co-workers are threatened (including the job of his crush, Kristin Wiig), Walter embarks on a global, life-altering journey.  

The trailer doesn't give us much about the plot, but the Of Monsters and Men song "Dirty Paws" plays in the background.  Between that and the gorgeous photography, I am very curious.

I couldn't stop staring at the bold color of the Life logo in this shot.  Walter walks right past it every day.

Wiig should try to do more serious roles.  She's more versatile than people give her credit for.

I'm sorry, but Adam Scott is the most lovable asshole.  I want him and Paul Rudd to star in a movie as someone's multiple personalities.

When this picture started moving, I thought of two things.  It reminded me a bit of Julie Taymor's Across the Universe.  I also wondered if Sean Penn was on set of another Terrence Malick movie that he expected to be cut out of.  Just saying.

The film also stars Patton Oswalt and Shirley MacLaine.  Right after the trailer debuted online, it was announced that the film would be the centerpiece of the New York Film Festival.  Normally, the centerpiece is a big end of the year film, and it could lead to some awards chatter.  Life of Pi was the center of last year's festival.   

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