The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty – *1/2

Posted: January 16, 2014 in 2013, Dramedy, USA, X1/2

Somehow Ben Stiller thought he could be as cool a director as  Spike Jonze, Michel Gondry, Jean-Pierre Jeunet or even Tim Burton and decided to make The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty, which feels like an attempt to join the list of quirky surrealistic dramedies like Being John Malkovich, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Amélie and Big Fish.

All the ingredients are there: an interesting indie rock soundtrack, original scenes where the imagination of the character and the viewer take over from reality, an interesting premise (a daydreamer finally starts to go on a real journey) and a story that allows for wide cinematographic settings and cool special effects. It’s really all there.

However, it doesn’t work. It just doesn’t work. Predominantly because it’s never funny. Ever.

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