Actors: Ben Stiller, Kristen Wiig, Adam Scott
Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen
Language: English (DTS 5.1), French (DTS 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
Dubbed: French, Spanish
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Number of discs: 1
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Release Date: April 15, 2014
Run Time: 115 minutes
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is sincere and sweetly hopeful in dealing with relevant topics and real-world issues, which would otherwise naturally slip into cinematic cynicism. Though there are also many moments of naïve simplicity in dealing with much more complex social issues, it is surprising how much can be willfully dismissed in favor of this buoyant spirit. PG is an appropriate rating for Walter Mitty, though more in terms of attitude than content. In the current climate of the world and workforce, I am less likely to find the narrative to be realistic in its optimism, but this is certainly the type of attitude I would aspire to have in the face of unfair adversity. In short, though unrealistic in its representation of what failure and loss looks like, Walter Mitty gives us something to aim for in our daily outlook.
Ben Stiller stars as the daydreaming title character, Walter Mitty, a photo negative asset manager for Life Magazine who lives out his greatest adventures in his head. Having been forced to grow up at a young age in order to take care of his family, Walter has little room in his life for creative aspirations of his own. Instead he has learned the art of daydreaming as a form of escapism, allowing him to remain reliable despite longing for a more heroic existence. After his job is threatened by the end of an era of publication, Walter goes on a real-life adventure to track down the image meant to be used for the cover of Life’s final issue.
Having never actually met the photographer (played by Sean Penn) that sent him the photo negative, Walter has his work cut out for him in tracking the adventurous artist down. Without phone or mail being a possibility, Walter travels to
in an effort to find the elusive photographer, all the while knowing that he
will likely lose his job regardless of the outcome. This is where the logic in
the film’s plot is a bit oversimplified, as any adult who is threatened with
unemployment is unlikely to shell out the large amount of money this type of
travel would require. In terms of the film, however, it makes for some
spectacular cinematography as Walter battles everything from sharks to erupting
The Blu-ray combo pack comes with a DVD and digital copy of the film, and the DVD also has a few special features attached. There is a behind-the-scenes featurette and a still gallery, both of which are included on the Blu-ray disc as well. The Blu-ray also has some exclusive features, from additional footage (deleted, extended and alternate scenes) to featurettes and a music video.
Entertainment Value: 8/10
Quality of Filmmaking: 6.5/10
Historical Significance: 6/10
Special Features: 6.5/10