The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

On Episode 5 we reviewed The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

James Thurber Short Story

Here’s the breakdown


  • Ben Stiller’s performance and direction. We were very pleasantly surprised!
  • The cinematography was breathtaking. Let’s plan our trip to Iceland now!
  • The presence of a responsible, kind and modest protagonist who was able to use these qualities to make a difference (not something we see much in male-centric films).

  • That Benjamin Button scene. So out of place and too quirky for the understated tone of this film.
  • Product placements. It’s one thing to include product placement, but maybe putting it into your dialogue is too much.
  • The themes were perhaps a bit too cliche, and everything fell right into place in a way we would expect (the journey, getting out and seeing the world for a new perspective) to get the messages of the film across.
James Thurber Short Story

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Honorable Mentions:

  • The music!
  • The realism inside his fantasies (minus the Benji Button one).
  • Kristin Wiig, Adam Scott, Shirley McLain, Sean Penn, and Kathryn Hann.

Average Host Rating: 4/5