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MikePA's Movie Reviews (137)

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Secret Life of Walter Mitty, The (2013) 
Review: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
2.5/4 stars

Poor Ben Stiller. The actor/director of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty has his heart in the right place, but I'm pretty sure he left his mind in the gutter. The film's most beautiful and poetic moments are stomped on by its self-indulgence, poor acting and writing, and punishingly slow pace. The opening half-hour or so fails to offer much likability to the characters or any real involvement to Stiller and Wiig's on-screen chemistry. It feels too, too "PG-rated" at times. And once Walter takes off on his adventure, I never really found myself captivated or even slightly engaged as it leads to a finale which, essentially, isn't that compelling. As for the daydream sequences - they're nice to look at but they don't effectively help the story flow. They play out like nothing more than "Oh look this guy daydreams - Wake up - Next scene." Ben Stiller showed his talent as a director through films like Tropic Thunder and The Cable Guy. Maybe he should stick to directing comedies.

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