Sean also suggests to the senior management the use of negative 25 for the cover of the last edition. Betting the ranch on creativity… this is living! Walter Mitty lighted a cigarette. While I was definitely distracted by the visuals and Ben Stiller's spot-on performance, the soundtrack deserves a nod as well. At the very least, riding in a bus with chickens in some desolate corner of the globe should be on your bucket list. He stood up against the wall of the drugstore, smoking.
The manager of the negative assets sector of Life magazine, Walter Mitty, has been working for sixteen years for the magazine and has a tedious life, not going anywhere but from his home to his job and vice-versa. When he came out into the street again, with the overshoes in a box under his arm, Walter Mitty began to wonder what the other thing was his wife had told him to get. Instead of a main character who is intrinsically weak and emasculated by shrill female caricatures, Stiller instead examines the life of a man with great potential who has sacrificed his to support his family after the death of his bankrupt father. Without rising from his chair, Mitty let the man have it on the point of the chin. The magazine is preparing to release its last printed edition and the loathsome manager of transition Ted Hendricks is preparing an inevitable downsizing over the next few days. The attendant vaulted into the car, backed it up with insolent skill, and put it where it belonged.
A huge, complicated machine, connected to the operating table, with many tubes and wires, began at this moment to go pocketa-pocketa-pocketa. He decides to travel to Greenland to track Sean down in the beginning of an unbelievable adventure. Stiller, as director, consistently encourages his actors to achieve a state of remarkable authenticity, so you can see the story through nuanced reaction shots instead of your typical flashbacks. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, the new version that features the acting and directing talent of Ben Stiller, is a rare, unique, and truly beautiful film. The story ends with the inscrutable Walter Mitty awaiting this romantic death.
However, Walter cannot find the negative that is missing. He wore his full-dress uniform, with the heavily braided white cap pulled down rakishly over one cold gray eye. The magazine is preparing to release its last printed edition and the loathsome manager of transition Ted Hendricks is preparing an inevitable downsizing over the next few days. A man had had to come out in a wrecking car and unwind them, a young, grinning garageman. Have you lost your gloves? Walter has been the liaison between the magazine and the mysterious independent photographer Sean O'Connell who has sent to him a package of negatives and a wallet as a gift for his work. Sean also suggests to the senior management the use of negative 25 for the cover of the last edition. He walked over and twisted a row of complicated dials.
Nothing made sense, like the e-harmony guy calling a client and helping them to fill out their profile. In a way he hated these weekly trips to town—he was always getting something wrong. He is an escapist, daydreaming into a world of fantasy many times a day. The final issue needs the perfect cover photo by a famous photographer, rendered drolly by Sean Penn—but it has somehow been misplaced. The Judge rapped for order. Overall, it seemed to me to be a way for Ben Stiller to take all his best buds and go on a world-wide excursion.
He is an escapist, daydreaming into a world of fantasy many times a day. Especially when finally he gives the downsizing kneebiter his comeuppance. . If you are hoping to see him doing one of his usual humorous roles, you will be disappointed. It began to rain, rain with sleet in it. The Commander stared at the ice forming on the pilot window.
He pulled a faulty piston out of the machine and inserted the pen in its place. Then, with that faint, fleeting smile playing about his lips, he faced the firing squad; erect and motionless, proud and disdainful, Walter Mitty the Undefeated, inscrutable to the last. Lastly, as Mitty waits outside against a wall for his wife to buy something in a drugstore, he fantasizes that he is a bold and brave man about to be shot by a firing squad. Great acting all around too! The visuals in this film were particularly fantastic. Walter has no means to contact Sean. Maybe it was Stiller's secret life dream, and get someone else to pay for it.
Walter has no means to contact Sean and finds a clue that he might be in Greenland. Anyway, back to the film. It looks fake, as if they pasted it onto his face. She seemed grossly unfamiliar, like a strange woman who had yelled at him in a crowd. Other film critics have remarked that it lacks in deeper thematic points and plotting, but its understated acting and pacing insures a clarity and simplicity that few over-the-top award season films can match.