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The Secret Life of Walter Mitty trailer: photo realistic

I like the looks of this. So elegant and evocative.

There’s a moment here in the trailer, when Stiller is looking at the black-and-white photo, and something happens… I love that moment. So unexpected. I hope the whole movie manages to create that sort of feeling. Ben Stiller is directing as well as starring, and he’s made some good films, so I’m feeling optimistic.

I’ve never seen the 1940s Danny Kaye film of the same name. Guess I better catch up…

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  • PattiH.

    What you need to find is the…oh, late 70s, early 80s?…fanfic called “The Secret Life of Walter Fan.”

  • I know it’s sort of implied by the premise, but I still didn’t expect it to be so visually lavish – I never saw Stiller as much of a visual director. I’m taking it as a good sign.

  • This trailer gives me the same hopeful and uplifted feeling Spike Jonze’s WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE trailer did… Maybe the actual movie is as good, too.


  • Hmm. The first Google result is this post, because of your comment. :->

    I suspect that story has not been digitized.

  • LaSargenta

    This is quite possibly another example of my previously whined-about pointless remake syndrome. The Danny Kaye film holds a special place in my heart. I also generally dislike Stiller while I really liked Kaye.

  • teenygozer

    Thurber famously detested the Danny Kaye film, which was really not that bad–it was a screwball comedy, very bubble-brained, which the story is not. This looks like a more proper extrapolation of the original short story, it hits the right notes.

  • teenygozer

    That’s funny, many years ago I did some illustrations for a fanfic called “The Secret Life of Walter Sue” by Paula Block, which follows the Thurber story, except the dreams are snippets of recognizable science fiction movies and TV shows (including Tom Baker’s Dr. Who). The final scene in the story has Walter dreaming of himself as Spock in the infamous death scene, “Jim. I have been and ever shall be… your friend….” Same fanfic, possibly? Or two fanfic writers with a similar idea?

  • bronxbee

    while i am second to none in my love for danny kaye, the Walter Mitty film made with him had none of the dark, desperate yearning of thurber’s short story. from this very, very brief trailer, i am sort of hoping this one will have that… although stiller makes me a little nervous.

  • LaSargenta

    That is true. I forgot the story it was from. Well, maybe then it won’t be pointless.

    Second to none, eh? I’d be willing to debate you on that. Kaye is probably my favorite comic actor ever. My mother used to claim he was somehow distantly related to her family and that made me very very happy. I have bored people with recitations of long chunks of The Court Jester. Perhaps we need a Danny Kaye Fan Challenge? :-)

  • PattiH.

    I’m not a huge Stiller fan, but I’ve seen him in something (can’t recll the title) the was not a goofy overblown comedy and he’s a better serious actor than I ever imagined.

  • PattiH.

    Walter Sue! I knew I had the title wrong! I knew it was Paula Block…and it was in an issue of Syndizine, I believe, and I remember your artwork. (Wow, is our fannish age showing!)

  • PattiH.

    That’s a pity. It’s a classic.

  • bronxbee

    perhaps we do… ;-)

  • MisterAntrobus

    Perhaps you saw Your Friends and Neighbors? If you haven’t, check it out. It’s brutal but very good.

  • MisterAntrobus

    The Danny Kaye film was quite warm and fluffy and not very close to the story at all, with requisite song and dance opportunities for Kaye. Still, I find it entertaining in the boyish and sweet way that only Danny Kaye can pull off.

  • RogerBW

    I find the story mean-spirited in the extreme… but it looks from this trailer as though Stiller has removed the constantly-belittling wife (one of Thurber’s stock characters), which may help.

  • Tonio Kruger

    i get the feeling that this movie — surprise, surprise — misses the whole point of the original Thurber short story. Stiller seems far too young and handsome and aggressive to make a very convincing Walter Mitty. Heck, if this is modern Hollywood’s idea of a Walter Mitty, why not have Stiller play Gregor Samsa or Kafka’s Hunger Artist while we’re at it?

    It does not help that the most original image in the trailer seems like a direct steal from A-Ha’s classic “Take On Me” video. Not the worst source to rip off but still…

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