The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty (a smarter film than you think it'll be)

Endless Derring-Do...........

Almost an 8 out of 10 on both IMDb and Rotten Tomatoes this film may be popular with cinema goers but not with the critics as Xan Brooks' 2 star review in the Guardian suggests.......Click Here

James Thurber’s short story about a meek, office-bound fantasist, which became a musical comedy vehicle for Danny Kaye in 1947, finally reaches a broader cinematic canvas, with director Ben Stiller also playing the eponymous Walter Mitty.

Scriptwriter Steve Conrad topically presents Mitty eking out an existence on Life magazine just as it is about become a casualty of the Internet age. He somehow overcomes his natural timidity to seek a cover image for the final edition from an ace globetrotting photographer (a marvellously judged Sean Penn).

This requires endless derring-do – jumping into turbulent seas, scaling icy peaks, etc. etc. – which Stiller accomplishes with astute (and not overindulgent) use of CGI and a winning degree of self-parody. Subplots involving his bossy mother (Shirley MacLaine) and a crush on a sympathetic co-worker (Wiig, BRIDESMAIDS) add to the fun.

How to Meet;

I've booked seat J6 and just now the whole back row is available so hurry up and book!! It's just £8.50 with a picturehouse membership. Our firm meet up is in the picturehouse bar after the film, look out for the meet up signs. If you're new to the group or just want to be met by a friendly face then call/text me on 07736 232209. If you can't see the signs (I almost always forget them) and don't recognise the group then use that number too. I'll be in the bar around 6:15 on Sunday so come and say hello if you like. For those of you who don't know the picturehouse and think you can't make 6:30, films usually start 20 minutes after the published time.

Remember, if you're registered with this meet up you can post an event any time you like. Really, how bad could it be?.....................

And of course.........HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU ALL................

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  • John E.

    OK so it's not a classic; nor is it intellectually demanding. It is though, charming, funny, entertaining and dishes up a generous helping of feelgood to start the year.

    January 6, 2014

    • Richard L.

      I would go along with that. It's a perfectly good film if you want something undemanding.

      January 6, 2014

  • Caroline D.

    I am coming with a friend Jill we have j4&5

    January 5, 2014

  • Richard L.

    I've just booked my ticket - J8. It will be my first one of these meetups. I look forward to meeting some of you.

    January 4, 2014

  • Tricia B.

    Really keen to see this but as moving house this weekend, fear I won't get there tomorrow... Will be in touch or meet you there if do think I'll make it

    January 4, 2014

  • Alasdair M.

    We saw it last week. Excellent movie, I now feel inspired to read the book although I suspect that there will only be a passing resemblance between the two... you will understand when you see it.


    January 2, 2014

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