The Secret Life of Walter Mitty ( film) - WikipediaWalter Mitty always has his head in the clouds. Sometimes as a Navy pilot other times a surgeon, and my personal favorite a man accused of a crime. I really liked the portrayal of daydreaming and how everyone wants to escape from reality. Ben Stiller did an excellent job of narration. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.
'Secret Life of Walter Mitty' is as dull as his real life
Walter Mitty is an introverted guy with an active fantasy life, according to the classic short story by James Thurber. Though he hardly ever has ventured out of his native New York, Walter is able to shed his timidity and exchange his imagined heroic fantasies for the real thing, in record time. Stiller, who directs and stars in Mitty , has loosely based his film on the story and given it a contemporary setting. But by trying to combine fantasy and romance with goofy humor, globe-trotting adventure and feel-good inspiration, Stiller has made Mitty a mixed bag of clashing tones and facile redemption. He bypasses Thurber's satirical treatment in favor of plodding earnestness. Stiller's is an undeniably attractive production, with gorgeous locations and some stunning special effects. But it's a dull story.
He wore his full-dress uniform, with the heavily braided white cap pulled down rakishly over one cold gray eye. Rev her up to 8,! The Commander stared at the ice forming on the pilot window. He walked over and twisted a row of complicated dials. He looked at his wife, in the seat beside him, with shocked astonishment. She seemed grossly unfamiliar, like a strange woman who had yelled at him in a crowd.
by James Thurber
James Thurber is most famous as a cartoonist and writer for The New Yorker in the s and 40s. - Walter Mitty is an ordinary man living an ordinary life. But he has dreams - vivid, extraordinary day dreams - in which the life he leads is one of excitement and even adventure, in which he - a weary, put upon middle-aged man - is the hero of his own story.
It was also adapted into a film , which is again very different from the original. The name Walter Mitty and the derivative word "Mittyesque"  have entered the English language, denoting an ineffectual person who spends more time in heroic daydreams than paying attention to the real world, or more seriously, one who intentionally attempts to mislead or convince others that he is something that he is not. Warner Brothers studio head Jack L. Warner in his autobiography My First Hundred Years in Hollywood , described the actor Errol Flynn in the following way: "To the Walter Mittys of the world he was all the heroes in one magnificent, sexy, animal package". The short story deals with a vague and mild-mannered man who drives into Waterbury, Connecticut , with his wife for their regular weekly shopping and his wife's visit to the beauty parlor. During this time he has five heroic daydream episodes.