I must confess that I don’t like remakes. When they remade Mr. Deeds with Adam Sandler I wanted to gouge out my eyes. To take a classic film like that and then give it a horrible remake is an abomination. So it was with trepidation that I considered going to see Ben Stiller’s remake of a a Danny Kaye classic. But first the plot or rather the plot behind the story of Walter Mitty.
Walter Mitty was a story written by James Thurber about a man named Walter Mitty who day dreams. His life is boring and humdrum so in Walter’s daydreams he is the hero whether it is a daring spy or a world famous surgeon anything but what he really is in real life.
Ben Stiller who plays Walter Mitty in the movie brings this aspect of the story to life. Walter has the tendency to zone out and get lost in his daydreams. This has unfortunate side effects such as missing his subway train to get to work because he has “zoned out”. He is mocked by co-workers and basically looked on as the weird one at work. And that is the other thing Walter works at Life magazine he is one of the last people left that still takes the negatives given to him by photographers and turn them into the photos for the magazine. It is an under appreciated job especially since the magazine is turning to all digital and Walter’s job is going away. But before it goes he has been given a roll of film that has the greatest picture of Life’s history. The only thing is the picture is missing and what Walter does to find the picture takes him, from his day dreams into living life in reality.
I was blown away by this movie, what Ben Stiller did to remain faithful to the original story as well as put his own personal touch on the character of Walter Mitty is perfect. Not to mention the cinematography in this movie is incredible! This is a great movie go see it while it is still in theaters.
I give this movie 5 thumbs up out of 5.