If you need one of those easily digestible feel-good films, then The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is worth a couple of hours of your time. Good, but never great or terrible, the film follows Ben Stiller (as Mitty) attempting to do something truly impressive in his life, after a member of the eHarmony dating website makes him realise he is lacking in the ‘life experiences’ department. Mitty’s journey in search of a photograph negative needed to keep his job results in a journey to some of the most beautiful parts of nature in Greenland, Iceland and the Himalayas. Prone to daydreaming, we follow Mitty as he finally experiences true joy in his life and not just his imagination.
The film features some wonderful cinematography and brief moments of humour, but lacks that special something to really elevate it to ‘great’ film status leaving the uplifting experience short-lived. Stiller provides a standard performance but has the acting chops to at least leave you with a smile that will last long enough to leave the building.