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THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY

walter1Ben Stiller should be honoured as I chose to spend part of my birthday with him thanks to a free Month of your Birthday movie ticket. Or not.

I love this short story by James Thurber.

The 1947 movie starring Danny Kaye had potential, but went too studio silly, but it’s still worth a watch. walter2

This version with Ben Stiller is unique. It’s rich and exuberant, sumptuous and sparse, and like Walter himself keeps reaching for its potential. It stumbles en route, takes a few awkward turns here and there. But overall, it found its way.

Stiller is good at playing guys who are jammed in a rut or haven’t reached their possibilities…maybe not Zoolander, I think he’d done his best with what he had, more or less.

This is a relaxed ride to highlight Stiller as a more serious actor, with some funny bits. Like Jim Carrey tried with The Truman Show.

I will recommend the movie with a qualification that reading the Thurber short story is a must…then enjoy the movies.
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Sean Penn was a stunning standout as the phantom extreme photophilosopher.

Shirley Maclaine was superb…of course.

And one of my fav performers was the inebriated helicopter pilot, Ólafur Darri Ólafsson; I hope we see more of him.

Tad disappointed in Kristen Wiig, same goes for Anchorman 2, just seems like she’s not giving it her all.
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There was no way of leaving the theater without thinking you could do more with your life. And I don’t mean more shopping.

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