Summary: This Danny Kaye movie is a classic. Many Kaye movies seem to be a comedic story wrapped around a musical, but Walter Mitty is pure comedy. Great plot twist with Boris Karloff playing a devious "Baddy" looking to steal military secrets left in a briefcase. This version of Walter Mitty is so much better than the new version, but I worry that younger viewers may not look at this classic because it does not feature a current star.
Pros: Entertaining, Great Cinematography, Great story, Great writing, Plot Twists
Summary: In New York, the clumsy Walter Mitty (Danny Kaye) is the publisher of pulp fiction at the Pierce Publishing house owned by Bruce Pierce (Thurston Hall). He lives with his overprotective and abusive mother (Fay Bainter) and neither his fiancée Gertrude Griswold (Ann Rutherford) and her mother (Florence Bates) nor his best friend Tubby Wadsworth (Gordon Jones) respects him. Walter is an escapist and daydreams into a world of fantasy many times along the day.
Summary: A nice concept for a movie, but it falls short in several areas. The best part of the movie is the cinematography, with sweeping vistas on locations across the world. The plot is basically a man breaking out of his own self imposed limits to aspire to adventurous things. The writing however, is stilted, and for anyone that has seen plenty of movies, the outcome is predictable.
Excerpt: "To see the world, things dangerous to come to, to see behind walls, draw closer, to find each other and to feel. That is the purpose of life." This reviewer is a sucker for life related quotes or films, this is definitely one of them. From the character development, spectacular cinematography, skilled cut scenes, acting and vibrant soundtrack, this picture was a fresh of breath air.
Excerpt: This movie by ben stiller is. a nice idea of a guy who day dreams from the reality of his boring life then goes on a real adventure but nothing is realistic even when he is doing things for real its just totally stupid , he manages to leave work do things that would take weeks then return. The whole thing is just not very thought out and hard to take seriously. nice concept but it fails in so many ways.
Excerpt: Poor Ben Stiller. The actor/director of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty has his heart in the right place, but I'm pretty sure he left his mind in the gutter. The film's most beautiful and poetic moments are stomped on by its self-indulgence, poor acting and writing, and punishingly slow pace. The opening half-hour or so fails to offer much likability to the characters or any real involvement to Stiller and Wiig's on-screen chemistry.
Excerpt: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is an extremely shallow film. By that I mean its very predictable and clumsy writing, its PG-rated almost romance and the absolute waste of good actors and good potential. I'll say it straight up: I am so sick of these self-important, shallow little movies that prolong the trailer and end. This one is no exception. Let's get this out of the way: Ben Stiller is a good director.