Serving as both director and star of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Ben Stiller turns James Thurber’s classic short story about a hapless, henpecked daydreamer into a dashing adventure comedy whose mild-mannered protagonist this time actually carries out his fantasies of heroic derring-do. Ignore the liberties the film takes with the original (something the 1947 Danny Kaye movie also did, much to Thurber’s annoyance), and this version proves to be a briskly entertaining, glossily photographed, globe trotting romp, with Stiller’s hero, here a Life magazine photo editor, trekking to Greenland, Iceland and Afghanistan in search of Sean Penn’s elusive photographer and the missing negative that is to be the magazine’s final cover shot.
Certificate 12. Runtime 110 mins. Director Ben Stiller.
Released on Blu-ray and DVD on Monday 21st April by Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.
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