Often trailers can make or break a film, as they can turn a pile of shit into something that looks decent, or it can make something look average that is in fact awesome. So when I saw the first trailer for The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty, I was really excited, as the trailer, though a little clunky at the beginning, made it look pretty cool. Also helps they used Queen for the trailer song, and not only any song, but one of their best songs ever.
Though it was also a film that looked like it could be hard to pull off, as it dealt with dream sequences and other fantasy type elements, and from experience of watching many other films that deal with such things, I know it’s a fine line between good and bad. I had also heard mixed things about it before I went in, but I normally try and put those things out of my mind as best I can, so that I’m a blank canvas.
The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty was a film that was so close to being on the money, but just far enough off to feel somewhat clumsy. Tonally I’m still not sure what it wanted to be. Was it an inspirational travel movie? Kind of, but not really. Was it a heart warming feel good movie? Kind of, but not really. Was it a sweet and heartfelt love story? Kind of, but not really.
It’s also rear that I’ll look at a films development and hold it against the finished product, but this was a script that spent many years in development and they struggled to realize it to its finished celluloid state, and I can see why. The issues the film had wasn’t an acting one, as the talent was there. It wasn’t a directing issue either, as Stiller has proven himself as more than capable. But it was the story that just didn’t really mix together, and the disjointed nature of it was the thing that put me off really falling deep into the story.
Also I couldn’t help but feel major similarities to a short film we made back in 2001 called Trolleyboy. So if you want to see a shorter and equally entertaining film, maybe save yourself the money and watch our film instead.
With that shameless plug out of the way, I will say I still enjoyed this film, but it just wasn’t as good as it could have been, though I’m not really sure exactly what I would have done differently to have made it better, without throwing most of it out and making a very different film with similar themes. So not a film that will please everyone and it might be worth leaving this for a DVD or VOD rental.
7.5 out of 10 from me!!!