"The Secret Life of Walter
Comedy, Drama. Rated PG. 1 hour, 54 minutes.
by Wilson Webb - © 2013 - Twentieth Century Fox
of Ben Stiller and Kristen Wiig in "The Secret Life
of Walter Mitty" (2013)
The movie began with
a shot of Walter Mitty (Ben Stiller) balancing his checkbook.
He was an employee at Life magazine’s negative
assets department. Mitty’s job was to go through the negatives
of photographs and find the perfect ones for the magazine. He
never lost one in his 16-year career until today.
Mitty had a secret
crush on his co-worker Cheryl Melhoff. He kept taking glances
of her at work. Then, he noticed she was part of the eHarmony.com,
the same dating website he uses. Mitty pressed the “wink”
button in an attempt for her to notice him. However, some error
message came up. So he called the company’s technical support
line and they hold him to finish filling out his profile.
In the meantime, it
was announced that Life magazine was going to stop printing
issues and go online-only. The company was bought out and there
were going to be lots and lots of layoffs. Employees were told
to start working on the last issue of Life magazine.
Mitty was given the task of finding photo negative 25, which was
going to be the cover photo. It was called “Quintessense”
and was sent in by photojournalist Sean O’Connell. Mitty
had all of the negatives, but No. 25 was missing.
The rest of the movie
was basically a wild goose chase to find O’Connell. Mitty
had three other negatives that served as clues to locate the famous
photographer. He got some assistance from his love interest, Cheryl,
who did some research and told him to go to Greenland. Mitty took
the next flight out to that country and then learned O’Connell
was actually in Iceland so he got on a helicopter with a drunk
pilot. Mitty was supposed to jump off the chopper and then land
on a ship, which was headed to Iceland. However, he didn’t
jump far enough and landed in the icy ocean where there were hungry
sharks. Mitty was rescued by two crew members on an inflatable
boat and finally made it aboard the ship. He finally made it to
Iceland and borrowed a young boy’s skateboard to get around.
There, he found nothing.
Mitty returned to New
York City, where Life magazine is based. His new boss
asked him for the photograph and since Mitty couldn’t produce
it, he got laid off. Mitty wasn’t about to stop there. He
did some more research and discovered that O’Connell might
be in the lower Himalayas in the country of Afghanistan. So he
flew to Yemen and then made his way to that country.
Mitty ever find O’Connell? If he does, where is photo negative
No. 25? I’m not going to tell you that right now. You’ll
have to see the film for yourself to find out the answers.
I really enjoyed this
movie. For one, it was about the journalism industry, which I
am currently working in. I also enjoyed the search-and-rescue
aspect the movie. Mitty went above an beyond his job by acting
as an investigative reporter. This was the first time I enjoyed
a movie with Kristen Wiig. In her past roles, she played boring
characters on “Saturday Night Live” and in “Anchorman
2: The Legend Continues.” This new film also features a
cameo with Patton Oswalt, who I enjoyed on the former CBS sitcom
“The King of Queens.” Run and go see “The Secret
Life of Walter Mitty.” I think you’ll love it.
the Official Movie Trailer
© 2013 - Twentieth
Century Fox Film Corporation.
Secret Life of Walter Mitty" movie poster