Friday, March 7, 2014
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
I've always liked the short story about Walter Mitty. So much, in fact, that I submitted a short story about "teenage Walter Mitty" in a Reflections contest during high school. I really can relate to Walter both in the story and the movie because I tend to daydream a lot. That's one of the reasons I like exercising- it gives my mind a chance to have awesome daydreams like Walter does in the movie.
Overall, I thought the movie was great, clean, and thought-provoking. I really liked how the movie made Walter a more dimensional character, who was still aware of his surroundings and a hard worker, even though he zoned out every once in a while. They did a really good job making the daydream scenes ridiculous yet true to what someone might really think about. My only problem was that when Walter actually went out on an adventure, I thought it was a dream at first. And then some of the things he did in real life were kind of unbelievable, but I guess that's the point they were trying to make- why daydream when you have the potential to do great things?
It reminds me of a quote I read recently: "Either write something worth reading, or do something worth writing." Walter Mitty does both through his daydreams and later adventures.