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Film Preview: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

“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 …