The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

Ben Stiller

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

To see the world, things dangerous to come to, to see behind walls, draw closer, to find each other, and to feel. That is the purpose of life

A movie about a magazine famous for its photojournalism-not to mention a film which essentially chases a world famous photographer from one exotic location to the next-has a lot to live up to in terms of visuals and cinematography. For me Walter Mitty fulfilled these expectations completely. It was stunning, it had classic, beautiful cinematography-the kind you don’t see too often these days-frames were thought out and planned to lend scale and gravity to the story and its settings. Two things came out as a result of watching this film, no three. Firstly, I need to read the book and watch the original film.
Secondly, I don’t know anyone who wouldn’t want to travel to every destination featured in this film after watching it. I would definitely take up skateboarding in Iceland and I would even bribe Yemeni tribal warlords to trek across the Himalayas. This film perfectly captures the essence of life (see quote above) and inspires a certain wanderlust. It’s an amazing tribute to the natural beauty of the world. What’s third you ask, well after watching a film with cinematography this good and comparing it to The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug it reminded me again that sometimes more is not always better.


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