‘Walter Mitty,’ as James Thurber may have imagined him

(From syracusenewtimes.com)

(From syracusenewtimes.com)

Ben Stiller nailed this one.

As director and star, he made sure that “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” is a real eye-opener.

Back in the day, the wily James Thurber could only put the dreams of his creation Walter into some interesting but rather rudimentary illustrations to accompany his words. That was his style. People approved.

Fast forward to modern movies.

The fantasy sequences are cool.

The reality is even more stunning.

Greenland, Iceland and Manhattan, anyone?

I approve.

I am glad that I joined the big Christmas afternoon crowd at the movie complex.

You can read my full review on the Syracuse New Times site by clicking the link below.


16 thoughts on “‘Walter Mitty,’ as James Thurber may have imagined him

  1. I’ll have to wait for the DVD. Going to the theater is not something I enjoy, because when the sound is so loud my hearing shuts down in self defense. So…I buy the DVD, then can watch it as many times as I want at home, with the sound turned to suit my adult ears. Not sure anyone can live up to memories of Danny Kaye though.


  2. My kid and I saw the preview for this last week when we went to see “Catching Fire.” He’s a movie freak, like mama. I dragged him into my life,so I wouldn’t have to do HIS stuff haha.

    The preview was so captivating, when it was over, I said, “Freakin’ awesome!” To which he replied, “True that!”

    He’s a 10 year old version of me. We’re seeing it tomorrow, when we get back home. I KNEW it was as good as the preview promised.


      • I love them both- such talented actors. I dig the way they can deliver comedy, but go really deep with the emotional stuff as well.

        Movie reviewer is a dream job- I am a bona fide movie addict. I calculatedly turned my son into one starting when he was 3 years old. We sometimes see 3 in a weekend, between going out and On Demand.

        I love the animated stuff, cause they throw such juicy bits in there for the parents, but it’s even cooler that at 10, he’s starting to really appreciate other types of movies. I’m a sucker for a character-driven indie, and my Little Dude went crazy for “The Way Way Back.”

        Tomorrow is Mitty day! I’m stoked!


      • Hey, great taste for your Little Dude. “The Way Way Back” is high on my top 10 favorites of the year. That’s getting posted tomorrow, so I won’t totally spoil it and tell you what number.
        Great idea getting your son into movies so young, Samara. Now you have a watching companion for theater and home. Very nice, indeed.
        Enjoy your Mitty Day!


      • Why didn’t that movie win a slew of awards? Or is it too early, and it will win stuff next year, for this year? Cause it had it all – great acting, script, everything.

        Yeah, my kid knows a good film when he sees one. To be fair, he also digs a lot of stuff that is not so great. But he appreciates really good films – I don’t think people give their kids a chance to like enough stuff. “Water will rise to it’s own level” or some shit like that!
        Look at me, trying to be all deep. I’m lucky if I can get my shoelaces tied!


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