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The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

7.31 h 54 min2013X-RayPG
A day-dreamer escapes his anonymous life by disappearing into a world of fantasies filled with heroism, romance and action.
Ben Stiller
Ben StillerKristen WiigJon Daly
English [CC]
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4.7 out of 5 stars

1565 global ratings

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AmadeusReviewed in the United Kingdom on 09 September 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Very much a Marmite film
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This is very much a Marmite film: people either love it or they hate it. I'm definitely in the former category and (with the exception of the whole Benjamin Button bit) this is definitely on my multiple re-watch list. A lot of people compare it (understandably) with the Danny Kaye version, and I suspect that skews their view. Personally, I was a huge Danny Kaye fan when I was young, so fine, but it may cause people to miss what this film gives. The dynamics in this film are simply different, and the writers have done a good job of rebuilding the plot at quite a deep level to present a more contemporary view of the "little man" that Walter Mitty embodies. Gone are the overbearing and exploitative boomer bosses, middle-class mothers and fiancees, gone are the Nazis and crown jewels, and gone are the wartime visions of heroism drawn from 1940s pulp magazines. Instead, we have overbearing and exploitative bear market executives (equally devoid of their own ideas) and millennial sisters, visions of modern "Just Do It", Major Tom and Avengers heroism. That's all a lot of writing and most of it (again, with the exception of the Benjamin Button thing) really works. But to this is added an extra element that simply wasn't there in either the original film or short story: the loss of Walter's father, and the forced adoption of a sensible, responsible, quiet worker-bee life. This is actually the emotional thread that runs through the entire thing (the skateboard, the travelling, the Papa Johns, the radicalism, the relations with his mother and sister), all held together by the central mystery of the missing photograph. This makes this a very different story from the 1947 one, and ultimately a very satisfying one.
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ScarlettReviewed in the United Kingdom on 03 March 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
Action, mystery, Romance & Comedy Thank You Ben Stiller!
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This film was a brilliant production! It has everything in it and resonated with me. It was not a typical Hollywood movie but had a profound message and meaning about humanity! This was a very well done film direction and performance by Ben Stiller and the rest of the actors. Thanks for such a great movie! I know it is so 2013, but hey, it still resonates with many moviegoers in 2022! So you did a good job, Mr. Stiller! A+
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Helena HolrickReviewed in the United Kingdom on 27 February 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
I defy you not to smile! - an uplifting film about someone ordinary - and the sound track is divine!
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SO much to like about this film. It's uplifting in it's recording of someone 'ordinary' - Ben Stiller does a great job of just playing the character as an unlikely adventurer forced into leaving his day-dreaming life and actually doing things that he before only dreamed of!

All the characters are played well by the actors, and the sentiment behind the story is delicious - that we are all heroes in our every-day-ness. The scenery is amazing, the sound track complements the story and lifts it to a whole other level
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Miss Money PenniesReviewed in the United Kingdom on 04 July 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
A great film to watch on a grey
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A great film to watch on a grey, overcast Monday evening when the Council has sent you yet another mind numbing letter about refuse collections and your life policy options are just a click away. Checking out offers on tenna lady maxi-pads, ladies, for your sensitive bladder ? Please God, someone get me out of here ! We all have a Walter Mitty waiting to get out and Ben Stiller portrays his beautifully.
Sorry, guys, it's only the over 50s who can really appreciate this movie and Sean Penn sticks it to us all on that mountain top, stuck in our little boxes of plasterboard and brick. A classic and beautifully shot film you will want to watch again and again...
4 people found this helpful
ForrestReviewed in the United Kingdom on 13 March 2022
1.0 out of 5 stars
For kids
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This "movie" is not even for teenagers. Dont watch if you are older than 10 years old.
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Simon HReviewed in the United Kingdom on 13 November 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
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The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, what can I say what a great film! A daydreamer who wishes for more from his life and starts achieving it as the film ticks along. By the time it's finished you wonder if you've actually done anything in your life and inspires you to want to do more. Great cinematography and soundtrack also.
Hall51Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 09 February 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Amazing film
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I love this film so much. It's funny, relatable, touching and has great acting. I watch it all the time and even put it in a movie night with my flatmates. Everyone can enjoy this film, its even ridiculous enough that children could watch it too. If you don't know whether to watch it, I completely recommend you do. Walter in this film is everyone who never got to live their dreams!
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Honest BuyerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 07 November 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
A delightful story
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One of the best movies I have ever seen. Great acting, amazing photography, beautiful soundtrack, and a good story to tell. It is really a story, a journey, of a man in a transition phase. Job, family and relationships move around the main character as he moves around the world to do his thing. It is not a transcendental story that will change your live, but it is a story with a depth and meaning that is a joy to follow. After seeing this movie I felt like I had just read a great book. The different scenes and acts are well constructed, the plot is flawless, and the acting is just right for the story.
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