TRAILER REVIEW: Ben Stiller Daydreams In ‘The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty’

In his first directorial effort since 2008's 'Tropic Thunder', Ben Stiller plays Walter Mitty, a daydreamer, in 'The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty'.
In his first directorial effort since 2008's 'Tropic Thunder', Ben Stiller plays Walter Mitty, a daydreamer, in 'The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty'.

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When Ben Stiller last directed a film, it resulted in an Oscar nomination for one of its actors. Robert Downey Jr. received Best Supporting actor nomination for his role in 2008’s ‘Tropic Thunder’. Could it be that Ben Stiller is finally aiming for an Oscar for himself and his film now?

The trailer for Ben Stiller’s new film ‘The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty’ is out, and it is almost entirely wordless. Set to a song ‘Dirty Paws’ by Of Monsters And Men, the trailer has an epic feel to a coming-of-age cum love story.

Ben Stiller’s character Walter Mitty is used to flights of fancy. He takes off into his daydreams any time of the day. Even at work, he pines for his colleague played by Kristen Wiig. But a time comes when Walter Mitty has to use his daydreaming abilities to greater effect when a problem arises.

What that problem is, we don’t know yet. The trailer for ‘The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty’ is more intent on creating a mood and showing off the scope of the film, and in that it is greatly successful.

Featuring many top-angle shots a la Wes Anderson (‘Fantastic Mr. Fox’, ‘Moonrise Kingdom’), and a very dreamy setup a la Michel Gondry (‘Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind’), ‘The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty’ may just get Oscar bells ringing at the end of the year. This is an adaptation of a short story by James Thurber, and had a film adaptation too in 1947.

Featuring Sean Penn and Patton Oswalt beside Ben Stiller and Kristen Wiig, ‘The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty’ sees a release in the US on Christmas day, 25 December, 2013. The India release is yet undecided but would most likely be around the same time.