The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. I had some very high expectations going in to this one based on the trailers alone and I have to say that I was not disappointed.
Shortly after seeing the very first trailer for the movie, I did some research. I wanted to research the story behind the movie. It is based on a short story written by James Thurber of the same name. Incidentally enough, at that same time I happened to be traveling for work in Columbus, OH, which is James Thurber's hometown. While the movie is vastly different from the short story, the essence is still there. Walter Mitty is a day dreamer. One who escapes the doldrums of the every day, ordinary life with his overactive imagination.
I did my best to stay away from any and all reviews prior to seeing it. I didn't want the opinion (positive or negative) of others to sway my thoughts going in.
Visually, from the very beginning, this movie is a work of art. Using backdrops like New York, Greenland, Iceland, and the Himalayas, it's hard not to be beautiful. Their use of color throughout was extremely well thought out. Throughout the movie, we are taken seamlessly in to Walter's imagination and each one more fantastical than the last.
I won't give an in-depth overview of the plot/story, but I will say that while I loved it, I wanted more. I wanted the writers to go further in character development. Go further in to Walter's relationships. Go further with Walter's travels. I would have loved this movie to have been 2 and 1/2 hours long. Also, more Sean Penn. Always.
One other thing that stood out to me was the soundtrack. To me, music has always, always been an important part of any movie. This soundtrack hits on all cylinders. The mix of original music and songs by artists such as Jose Gonzalez and Of Monsters and Men stir your emotions and really make you "feel" this movie.
The underlying theme throughout the movie is Life. We're supposed to live it. We're not supposed to sit idly by as it passes us by. So, do yourself a favor...dream big, live life and go see The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.
"To see the world, things dangerous to come to, to see behind walls,
to draw closer, to find each other and to feel. That is the purpose of life."