Walter Mitty: a homegrown superhero {Guest POST}

Walter Mitty: A Homegrown Superhero

A simple office employee with modest appearance and quiet behavior sometimes seriously thinks that he can handle the role of Superman too - heroic deeds are the roles not only for supermen, but also for ordinary office workers. That's what The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is about - a simple man can believe in himself, in his strength and be resolute in actions.

The movie fondly reminds us of the immortal story of the great American humorist James Thurber about a common man’s desire to mentally transform his failures into something more exciting. But Ben Stiller’s Walter Mitty is a modern man. Like many of us he feels that he is surrounded by insensible electronic world rapidly changing all around - even his life suddenly becomes obsolete. The only way to Walter’s self-realization is his crazy dreams in which he constantly heroically fights for fairer world. This is his own world that he never left.

Everything changes when being in search for a missing negative of famous photographer (Sean Penn) he discovers an unexpected opportunity to learn a completely different world. It was a competition between Walter Mitty’s unstable reality and gusts in mad dreams that attracted Ben Stiller in a script of the story "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty". Ben previously met with other attempts to rewrite this story, but all of them missed the point. The actor realized that it is important not to show a clear distinction between the real world and the world of Walter’s dreams in the film. This meant he had to weave all the dreams of Walter in a stream of his everyday events.

The audience also has a chance to become a part of his dream, see what he benefits from it and what loses in real life due to lack of courage. You will see what he aspires, lacks and what he really can do if he has the right opportunity. As conceived by Ben Stiller, these dreams have to show us the true side of Mitty’s personality.

In his dreams Walter is strong and resolute; he follows his own impulses no matter where they may lead him. But in real life he is very cautious - Ben wanted to show a hero hiding behind the appearance of an ordinary man. It is this fusion of light funny melancholy and genuine inspiration that conquered everyone who was involved in the film "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty". Making a movie for smart audiences and sending them to an incredible but cheerful and emotional journey - this might be the best reward for this effective film.

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