Movie Review: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
I consider the first few previews of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty to be some of the best I've seen. The trailers call for you to join them on this epic adventure and as such this movie seemed to be right in my wheelhouse. So after missing it in theaters (not willingly) during the holidays last year, Jenn and I rented it this past weekend on Amazon.
Let's talk about the good news. The soundtrack for The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is incredible. One of the best I've heard in a long time. It even features Escape (The Piña Colada Song) done by the one and only Jack Johnson. Sadly this is where the good news ends for as the movie didn't embody the heart of the music and trailers.
The whole premise of the movie and the short story (which is a lot darker then the movie) is about a guy who is down in the dumps and day-dreams about one day breaking loose of his worldly shackles. Its the sort of movie that should have you rooting for him to find the missing photo and in the process to find himself. But the movie never builds enough credibility to bring you to root for Walter. He just wasn't an empathetic character.
So we go on this journey with Walter to find this missing photo which is neat but when he does eventually get there (spoiler) it goes over like an unlit firework. Sure you know the firework could be cool but just sitting there its kind of boring. I wanted to root for Walter I really did, but for some reason neither I or Jenn could get into this movie. Oh well I guess I'll just re-watch the trailers a couple more times.