I love this short story by James Thurber.
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.
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.
There was no way of leaving the theater without thinking you could do more with your life. And I don’t mean more shopping.