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May 1, 2014

‘Walter Mitty’ an amazing portrait of ambition

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Pauls Valley, Oklahoma — While there are a certain crop of actors/actresses that don’t suck making a career out of being the same exact person in every movie they make, it’s still nice to be pleasantly surprised when one of them breaks the mold successfully. The lead guy in today’s subject is one such example that for the most part hasn’t been involved in a whole lot of roles that would be considered critically acclaimed.

That’s not to say I haven’t laughed and enjoyed a majority of his flicks, but when you come to only expect a series of cheap punchlines, it was a bit of a shock to see something this well rounded. One of the most enjoyable parts of the film was that it was just plain entertaining and you didn’t care how many times it switched from serious to absurd. “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” is more than just the moments that made you cackle, it’s another way one can look at life and want to break the doldrums with a leap of faith.

The story focused on Life Magazine negative developer guy, Walter Mitty (Ben Stiller), is a somewhat familiar tale, where he is somewhat content with his not so exciting life, but sometimes wishes he had the courage to not be the pushover he is on the surface. Most of the time he actually just creates hilariously clever daydreams to fulfill the actions he does not have the courage to do in real life.

This could have indeed been enough, if he was not suddenly smitten with a lovely lady, Cheryl Melhoff (Kristin Wiig), who also works for the company, and a hostile corporate takeover led by a badly bearded villain, Ted Hendricks (Adam Scott), suddenly putting his ability to remain employed in jeopardy. His mission: to locate a missing negative that was sent to him by world famous photographer Sean O'Connell (Sean Penn) for the very last printed issue of the magazine, even if it literally means going to the ends of the earth to find it. Throughout, we see a very well-crafted journey toward self-improvement and interactions that bring some pretty deep meaning to daily contributions that once appeared ho-hum.

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