Thursday, December 26, 2013

Movie Review: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

Rating: ***1/2

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is about one simple theme: don't day dream about living life, live life. The movie is about a "negative review" guy named Walter Mitty who works in the photo archives of Life. The magazine is about to close and go strictly online, and Walter is charged with the keepsake of the final cover image. Walter, who has forged a bond with the photographer, is upended when he realizes that negative 25 has gone AWOL. With the threat of losing his job, Walter finally comes to that all-important fork in the road: are you going to do it or day dream about doing it? Realizing that he hasn't truly lived his life and wanting to impress his love interest, Walter embarks on an adventure across the globe to retrieve the photo.

Since I never give away spoilers, all I will say is the movie takes a few interesting and unexpected twists. I saw the movie on Christmas Eve, and it was inspiring and a nice way to invite the new year. Walter's final decision to live a full life is very inspiring. And the scene in the film when Walter finally finds his photographer who is photographing a rare snow leopard and rather than snap the shot takes in the moment was very spiritual. He said (and I'm paraphrasing) "sometimes I just want to take in and enjoy the moment."

If you want to feel inspired to live a full, rich life, go see The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.

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