‘The Secret Life of Walter Mitty’ International Trailer Is Noteworthy & Mentionable

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One of the best ways to keep the cold out during the winter season is with a nice heartwarming film, and while there isn’t much in the way of holiday-themed movies coming out in December, Ben Stiller’s new comedy The Secret Life of Walter Mitty definitely looks like one of the more upbeat offerings.

A brief glance at the synopsis might give the impression that The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is too depressing for a Christmas movie. Stiller plays a timid office worker at Life magazine who was never really done anything exciting or been anywhere interesting in his life, and who is so afraid of taking risks that he has to work up the courage to even send a virtual wink to the woman he has a crush on (Kristen Wiig). All this changes, however, when he sets off on a global quest to find a missing picture that is desperately needed to complete the next issue of Life.

Based on the short story by James Thurber that was originally adapted for film in 1947, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty has already received mixed to positive reviews from critics and the trailers so far have been visually impressive and boasted some genuinely funny dialogue. The new extended international trailer is no exception, featuring a mix of clips from the previous trailers along with enough new material to be worth watching.

Ben Stiller with a chin in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty The Secret Life of Walter Mitty International Trailer Is Noteworthy & Mentionable

One aspect of this premise that could potentially be explored in a compelling way is whether or not Walter’s real life adventure matches up to the euphoria of “zoning out” and imagining a grand scenario – or if it outdoes it. His life might sound pretty dull, at least at the start of the film, but would he have developed such a vivid imagination had he not been compelled to as an escape from blandness?

Another thing that makes The Secret Life of Walter Mitty look so interesting is its use of an unreliable narrator, which means that even whilst watching the trailers there’s an uncertainty as to whether or not the journey he embarks on is really happening or is just something else that he’s imagining.

The only way to find out (aside from reading spoilers) is to check out this comedy when it arrives in theaters at the end of the year.

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The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is scheduled for release on December 25th, 2013.

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  1. I was interested in this movie until every critical review I read on it basically said the film wasn’t good.

  2. I just saw the trailer in front of Gravity today, and it got me interested. It seems like a good movie. I don’t usually trust critics, though, but I’m always checking out you guys’ reviews and you’ve been spot on. So I’ll wait to make a decision on wether I’ll see it or not.

  3. I’ve been extremely disappointed by the reviews so far.

  4. Looks very Life of Pi-esque, which is good. I might wait for the reviews to actually decide whether I want to go for this one.

  5. I read film reviews all the time before I see a film however even if it get’s a negative press if I want to watch I will. Imagine how many great movies you would miss out on just because you have listened to someone Else’s personal view on a film.

    • Agreed. Besides, there are plenty of movies that are considered classics now that got pretty bad reviews when they were first released.

  6. I adore the original movie with Danny Kaye, but it was quite silly. I am cautiously optimistic for this.

  7. Guys, watch it without Thurber in mind. Critics gave out bad comment because they have a ‘better version’ of original story in mind, which is utterly silly, even Life of Pi, Ang Lee does not follow the book 100%. Critics always like to use other unneccessary criteria to judge a movie that make them looks extraordinary professional but forget what the audiences like or dislike. Critics can only appreciate the film when they watch it without Thurber in mind, something they failed to do it badly.

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