The Meaning of LIFE
Ben Stiller directs and stars in the remake of James Thurber’s classic story (first published in The New Yorker in 1939) of a day-dreamer who escapes his anonymous life by disappearing into a world of fantasies filled with heroism, romance and action.
“Knock, Knock” “Who’s there?” “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty who?” “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty the upcoming film starring and directed by Ben Stiller”. That joke represents the kind of humour one can expect from Stiller’s Christmas-due readaptation (Danny Kaye starred in a musical version) of James Thurber’s classic short story. Humour that is simple, unoffensive and largely unlikely to cause any ‘LULZ’, but pleasantly amusing. Despite the short story’s title on its poster, this film really has little to do with Thurber’s tale of a middle-aged husband who spends his tedious days with his wife away in the clouds, acting out realistic mental fantasies in which he is a hero in an exciting situation. In the film, Mitty is an unmarried writer for LIFE magazine who falls for his co-worker, played by Kristen Wiig. His boss (Adam Scott of Parks and Recreation) dispatches Mitty to find a missing picture featuring a, let’s say, intriguingly dressed Sean Penn that is needed for the final issue. Obviously, every situation …
Ben Stiller directs and stars with Kristen Wiig, Shirley MacLaine, Adam Scott, Kathryn Hahn and Sean Penn.
Just days after the premiere of the first trailer for Ben Stiller’s adaptation of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, the Film Society of Lincoln Center has announced that the anticipated movie adapted from James Thurber’s short story will be premiering as the Centerpiece Gala at the 51st New York Film Festival.
20th Century Fox has released the trailer for The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, coming to theaters on December 25. Ben Stiller directs and stars with Kristen Wiig, Shirley MacLaine, Adam Scott, Kathryn Hahn and Sean Penn.
Straight from the pages of the latest Empire magazine, here are some brand-new stills from the upcoming fantasy-drama.