New ‘Secret Life of Walter Mitty’ Trailer: Is This the Real Life? Is This Just Fantasy?

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The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is a film about a perpetual day-dreamer who is shy and lacks confidence, but he frequently goes into elaborate daydreams about doing cool, exciting and heroic things. One day, a missing photograph that he needs in order to complete the final issue of LIFE magazine spurs him to embark on a global adventure, at which point the cynics in the audience will all start wondering if he’s just dreaming the whole thing.

It seems that Walter (Ben Stiller) himself has similar questions. The third trailer for The Secret Life of Walter Mitty shows him grabbing a sailor’s beardy face in disbelief after jumping out of a helicopter and onto a boat, though this might also be taken as a sign that his grip of reality isn’t completely secure.

If there’s one word to describe the look of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, “inspirational” would probably do it. The remote locations shown and the crazy adventures that Walter goes on would probably work nicely as an American Airlines commercial, were it not for the fact that Walter seems to travel almost exclusively through unconventional means.

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty Ben Stiller New Secret Life of Walter Mitty Trailer: Is This the Real Life? Is This Just Fantasy?

The purpose of the journey is to track down Sean Penn (that should really be the purpose of more journeys), who plays an explorer called Sean O’Connell who represents everything that Walter aspires to be, and who is in possession of the original print for the photograph that is needed. Another of Walter’s main aims in life is to get the girl, who in this instance is played by Kristen Wiig (Bridesmaids).

The reviews for The Secret Life of Walter Mitty have been somewhat mixed so far, with some critics responding well to the heartwarming tone while others call it out for feeling too commercial and phony. It nonetheless looks like a pretty interesting step out of Stiller’s comfort zone as both a director and an actor, and when it comes to Christmas movies, there’s nothing wrong with something that feels little bit Hallmark.

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

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  1. I think it looks great, can’t wait :)

    • I have to agree with you. At first when I read about this movie I was skeptical of its quality because of Ben Stiller as the main character, but only because he’s done countless comedies, and this comes out as a drama to me. But after seeing the trailer, I’m very interested in it! It looks like a great movie, and Ben Stiller shows some serious acting skills there! I’m in.

  2. The original short story, upon which the film appears very loosely based, was clever and original. That’s more than I can say for most of Stiller’s middling romcoms and uninspired rehashes. Nonetheless I instantly recognized the potentual comedic value of putting the man’s talent behind such a robust gimmick. As a fellow whose mundane life is regularly drowned out by a persistently rich penchant for fantasy, Mitty was at once tragic and inspiring, a figure to be both pitied and admired. The opportunity exists to make the film into a “Big Fish” style series of tall tales with varying degrees of liklihood, absurdity and quasi fictional half truths. Though it may prove to be a worthwhile film, it’s not apparent that the elegance or energy of the original story is even being attempted, much less achieved. Its been a while since I read it, but I recall Walter willfully tuning out his dull wife to the fantasy of a firing squad, which is a far cry from Stiller wondering whether his international adventure might in fact be hallucinatory. I hope the film is fun, and I highly reccomend the short story.

    • Not going to see this.

  3. I saw this last night at a special advanced screening and I personally thought the film was great, wildly predictable and most movie goers could predict the last 20 minutes of the film down to a T within the first 10 minutes or so but still a great film. I got the same vibe as watching something like “Stranger than fiction”, very quirky and call and kinda life affirming, the film really made me wanna just quit my job, empty my bank account and just travel and something spectacular.

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