Slicetoast and I started a conversation yesterday, about The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. It began over a particular scene in the film (the exchange can be read below), the choice of song, blocking of the scene and small nuances of expression. It quickly became apparent a more indepth discussion was warranted. Rather than hijacking the comments section of another topic (even if it was my own), I’ve decided to give the film it’s own post.
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty came out on Christmas Day in 2013. While composing this post, I found myself reflecting on how my own life has changed in the past four years. It makes me appreciate the message of the film even more, as well as the cinematography and direction.
So, have you seen the film? Have you watched it more than once? What did you think? Please share your thoughts in the comments below. I’ll kick things off with my exchange with Slicetoast from the other post.
A very underrated film. It made me sad, when so many critics gave it bad reviews. TSLoWM has one of my favorite covers/uses of Space Oddity in a film.
Such an uplifting scene. Walter [literally] jumping into the unknown.
Aaaaww...! You just had to go straight for the gut-punch, didn’t you? THAT scene! So beautiful. Just before it starts, the lead-in is so subtle, the focus is on his face with the stage (all set up to go for the dream) is barely made note of, it’s still blurry. Then she comes out, talks a bit then starts... then she gives him a ‘hey there my friend in the audience glad you came out’ smile and tilt of the head, aaw. It wasn’t till me second or third viewing till I noticed that once on the helicopter, he looks back and she fades away, leaving him to his new found ‘reality’. Man, I wish we had a post JUST to talk about that film. That great take of him on the plane, all empty, and he’s still seated RIGHT next to the only other passenger... then they shake hands upon arrival. And yes, maybe the critics were all over the place on this one, but I did my best to tell as many people as I could to give it a shot.
Lol, that miming scene where he’s telling the guides they’re coming with him and they’re disagreeing, telling him he’s on his own, I just lost it.
I love how she pauses at the door, gives him a little “come hither” smile and then turns and walks outside. It’s his subconscious giving his conscious mind the “kick in the ass” it so dearly needs, in a beautifully subtle way.
And for those who weren’t around, back in the day, here’s an O-Deck discussion about the film from when it first came out.