Friday, January 10, 2014

Movie: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

What a better way to kick start my movie review series other than starting it with The Secret Life
of Walter Mitty. This is a movie about an average Joe (with a very routinary and mundane life) named Walter Mitty (Ben Stiller) who daydreams a lot. Walter Mitty is a Negative Asset Manager  in Life Magazine that is undergoing a restructuring and that they are going to release their last print version of Life before it goes online. As Life's last print version goes to edit, a particular negative (negative 25) goes missing and Walter needs to find their photojournalist Sean O'Connell (Sean Penn) to ask where it is. His travel starts in Greenland, where he rode a navy helicopter with a drunk pilot; jumped off the helicopter and landed in a shark infested ocean. He then went to Iceland where he experienced escaping a life threatening volcanic eruption. As his journey continues, he found himself travelling to the Himalayas (from Yemen to Afganistan) to finally find Sean and only to discover that what he was looking for was with him for almost the entire time. The movie is all about seeing the world and living your life. Can you finally say that you made it? 

Though the movie centers on the adventure of Walter Mitty, there is still the romance and comedy part that you will surely love.

I personally like the movie all in all because of its message - looking for the purpose of your life and actually doing something to achieve it. At first, the daydreaming was a bit confusing but later on I got what it was for. It's depicting how everyone lives a life we are used  to and that we just wonder of what it would be like if we are actually living it as oppose to really living it.

So the morale of the movie is to take that leap of faith and start doing what you really want to do. 

"To see the world, things dangerous to come to, to see behind walls, draw closer,to find each other and to feel. That is the purpose of life"

Here's the trailer of  the movie:

Also, another reason why I watched the movie is to thank Fox and Casey Neistat for donating their promotional video fund to the victims of the Super Typhoon Haiyan. Thank you very much. Here's the video he made explaining what he did with the money Fox allocated for the promotional video of this movie. 

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