Starring: Ben Stiller, Kristen Wiig, Adam Scott, Sean Penn
Directed by: Ben Stiller
Synopsis: A day-dreamer escapes his anonymous life by disappearing into a world of fantasies filled with heroism, romance and action. When his job along with that of his co-worker are threatened, he takes action in the real world embarking on a global journey that turns into an adventure more extraordinary than anything he could have ever imagined.
I think by the description of this film I was hoping for some sort of “Forrest Gump on acid” thing, but it just never hit any great heights for me. It wasn’t overly funny, the adventures weren’t hugely exciting and the whole thing just felt a bit of a let down. In the words of Willy Wonka, I was hoping to escape to a world of pure imagination. Maybe it was just me, but I didn’t find that here.
The film starts off as a sort of ‘Office Space’ type comedy with moments of CGI action and a bizarre (fake or real?!?!) beard on the face of Adam Scott. Seriously, the beard?! Anyway, then the film turns in to some sort of globe trotting adventure in the hunt for some lost photo. The big trouble, for me, is that I never felt comfortable going from one to the other. For me, it would have worked better if the meek, quiet dreamer, Walter Mitty purely had these massive adventures in his head, but actually the task he has to complete was some what smaller but just as vital. I just didn’t buy into this guy suddenly becoming an all action hero when it turns out the adventure he goes on is very much real.
All of the cast are OK, without doing anything to stand out. Sean Penn throws in a nice cameo towards the end. Ben Stiller appears to be in a bit of a career crossroads now, and I’m not sure this film will necessarily show him the correct path to take. Kristen Wiig, I think we can all agree is pretty funny, but she didn’t have any comedy to play with in this. I don’t think it knew if it was a comedy or something entirely different.
I’m sure plenty of people will buy into it and enjoy Walter Mitty as a consequence, but sorry, not for me.