'The Secret Life of Walter Mitty' Ben Stiller Interview
The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty Review
3 Dec At a recent Q&A to promote “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,” actor-director Ben Stiller was asked by the moderator, filmmaker pal Jay Roach, if the work was at all autobiographical. “Are you Mitty? Is this wish fulfillment for you?” Roach recalls asking Stiller about the movie's tale of a middle-aged dreamer. Ben Stiller directs and stars in THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY, James Thurber's classic story of a day-dreamer who escapes his anonymous life by disappearing into a world of fantasies filled with heroism, romance and action. When his job along with that of his co-worker (Kristen Wiig) are threatened, Walter takes. 25 Dec Ben Stiller directs and stars in THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY, James Thurber's classic story of a day-dreamer who escapes his anonymous life by disappearing into a world of fantasies filled with heroism, romance and action. When his job along with that of his co-worker (Kristen Wiig) are.
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty: Ben Stiller "Walter Mitty" On Set Interview
But all that is just the outside. Inside Walter is a world of adventure and amazement. Though all anyone else sees is a fortysomething man, staring into nothing.
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This is the story of turning his inside out. Both take the premise of a man who escapes his own drabness with flights of fancy, and the fact someone else had the original idea should steal no credit from screenwriter Steve More info, who has built a plot on a single brick from Thurber. The rest, in which Mitty decides daydreaming is not enough, is all invented, and very well. Mitty is a huge step for Ben Stiller as director.
Compared to the other men who were, at various times, in the waiting room to play the title character — Jim Carrey, Mike Myers, Will Ferrell, Sacha Baron Cohen — Stiller is more naturally low-key, less of a show-off.
His previous films, particularly the last three — The Cable Guy, Zoolander, Tropic Thunder — have a confident, if sometimes indulgent, comic structure and a large amount of cynicism. Sincerity is difficult in modern cinema. Its laughs mostly come from the oddness of situations rather than jokes.
Stiller clearly wants his audience to leave thinking and lifted, but not hectored. You want to be a Jimmy Stewart movie, not a Robin Williams movie. The reason it works is because Stiller keeps his eye on what Walter is after. As the voyage grows, the play with fantasy changes. Stiller is, evidently, at heart just a big romantic.
There are times that he appears nervous about his ability to carry off a Big Film and he scuttles to comfortable ground, falling back on a cheap laugh.
A Benjamin Button sequence could have come straight out of Tropic Thunder and its goofiness, while funny, sits clumsily. But Stiller has it. This is an intense workout for a director.
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There are action sequences in the air, in the water and involving superpowersthere is romantic comedy, there is a touch of The Apartment-style corporate drama, there is a volcanic explosion and a bit with a shark. It would be no surprise if he now finds himself on the director shortlist for just about any big project looking for a steady hand.
Film Review: ‘The Secret Life of Walter Mitty’
The most striking scene in the film is just two men, sitting on a ledge, watching the world and letting a moment disappear. The whimsy, gorgeous as it is, is all bonded together by the simplicity of a man who for all the wonders he sees, both inside and outside his own head, is just looking for source bit of reality that is his.
Mitty is a film that bravely rejects cynicism. Go with it and it is, in all senses, wonderful. Walter Mitty Stiller lives his life quietly, afraid to stand up for himself when his job at Life magazine is threatened and scared to confess his feelings to his co-worker, Cheryl Wiig.
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