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"The Secret Life of Walter Mitty"

Adventure, Comedy, Drama. Rated PG. 1 hour, 54 minutes.

Photo by Wilson Webb - © 2013 - Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation.

Still of Ben Stiller and Kristen Wiig in "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" (2013)

 

by Jason Rzucidlo
americajr@americajr.com

 

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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.

Will 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.

OVERALL RATING: A

 


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