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"The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" Movie Review

Updated on July 27, 2017

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Movie: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

Directed by and starring: Ben Stiller

Screenplay by: Steve Conrad

Genre: action, adventure, drama, comedy, fantasy

Release date: December 25, 2013

My Rating: 8.9/10

IMDB: 7.3/10

Verdict: Fun and adventurous movie that anyone can relate to


Review (spoiler free):

This movie will probably be the shortest review I'll give, but don't let this fool you..because I LOVED the movie.

The reason for the short review is because I don't really have anything bad to say...and I don't want to spoil the good stuff!! This movie is literally about the journey. There are no twists, but there is a thrill in pursuit of personal growth and an attempt at trying new things and living life as one should.

You know when you are at work or in class or just doing something that gives you a moment to think...which makes you ponder your life and your life choices...yeah, that zoned out moment. That's this movie.

I connected with this movie like crazy, as someone who is nearing with graduation and anticipating getting a job. I'm fairly certain that the people who have passed my stage feel this way too. This movie makes all of us feel connected to Walter.

We all daydream of becoming someone great, doing something worthwhile with our life, going on an adventure, and being proud of who we have become. Sure most of those fantasies won't come true, but they're surely our motivation and inspiration to pursuing a greater goal in our life instead of settling for less.

I honestly can't think of a moment where I hated Walter, or thought he was stupid, or whatever. I felt just as he did throughout the film: lonely and questioning my life's choices, and then finally taking a risk and enjoying life to the fullest.

It was a great life lesson, and it wasn't preachy or ridiculous. It was fun and adventurous with an ending I was not disappointed with.

All you need to know about this movie: Walter has a boring job, and never takes chances at work, life, or in love. Because of a missing picture for the magazine he works for, he goes in search of the photographer to get it. And thanks to this, he gets one heck of a adventure that changes his life for the better.

Sad and Hilarious:


I have to admit though, because of the topic of the movie...I did feel a little depressed in the beginning of the film. It's just such a sad state to be in (Walter). Some of us feel safe in routine and staying in our comfort zone, but most of us want to break that cycle once in a while, to feel alive.

I suspect that even the OCD people and the people with social anxiety want to break the cycle sometimes (even if the thought makes them cringe).

There is something about the dullness of the day to day activity that makes me really sad. It's almost as though I feel like I might be him in a few years. It's terrifying to imagine that.

I'm not talking about wanting to be this great hero of the world or do something so amazing that I go in history books...but there is something to be had in attempting to make life more interesting.


His daydreams are hilarious. I loved each and every one of them. I guess that's how he survived his dull life: through fun adventures that only happened in his head.

What made it more fun was when he started to go on a real adventure. Maybe they weren't as unrealistic as his daydreams, but they were very fun!


God I love this movie. Even if you don't like Ben Stiller, just watch the movie.

Maybe you're not into adventure films, or action or drama, but you will be glad you saw this. It is so relatable and fun that I can't see anyone actually having real complaints about the movie.

I really liked the ending too. It was touching to see what the magazine had in the front cover. Made one reflect on their past and how far they've come.

Grab a snack, call your friends or family, sit back, start the movie, and enjoy.

PS: Don't get attached to these super positive reviews. Pretty sure this will be one of the very few that I won't complain about. Granted, it had some minor issues here and there, but really, it was more about who Walter was rather than the plot itself. And the whole point of the plot was that Walter was not happy with his life and wanted to change it.

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    • Coffeequeeen profile image

      Louise Powles 6 months ago from Norfolk, England

      This sounds like an interesting film. I've not seen it yet, but I plan to!

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      Ryan Fuller 6 months ago from Louisiana, USA

      This movie was amazing. I did not really know what to expect when I first went to see it. I decided to have an open mind because of the two main actors are comedians. But this film was awesome. And I love the message this film tells too.