When his job along with that of his co-worker are threatened, Walter takes action in the real world embarking on a global journey that turns into an adventure more extraordinary than anything he could have ever imagined.
The manager of the negative assets sector of Life magazine, Walter Mitty, has been working for sixteen years for the magazine and has a tedious life, not going anywhere but from his home to his job and vice-versa. He is an escapist, daydreaming into a world of fantasy many times a day. Walter has a crush on the recently hired Cheryl Melhoff but he is too shy to invite her on a date and he is trying to contact her via online dating. The magazine is preparing to release its last printed edition and the loathsome manager of transition Ted Hendricks is preparing an inevitable downsizing over the next few days. Walter has been the liaison between the magazine and the mysterious independent photographer Sean O'Connell who has sent to him a package of negatives and a wallet as a gift for his work. Sean also suggests to the senior management the use of negative 25 for the cover of the last edition. However, Walter cannot find the negative that is missing. Walter has no means to contact Sean ... Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
In April 2010, Sacha Baron Cohen was attached to star in the lead role. Later that month, Steve Conrad was hired to write the screenplay, with Gore Verbinski announced as director in June 2010. In April 2011, it was announced that Ben Stiller had landed the lead role. In July 2011, it was announced that he was also due to direct the film, due to Verbinski's involvement with The Lone Ranger (2013). See more »
Three different skateboards: Board #1 When Walter trades for the skateboard with the Greenville teens, the 'Longboard' he receives is likely a Bustin Boombox (full kick tails front and back). Then the actual board he is seen riding down the hill toward the volcano is the #2 board likely a Bustin EQ (Pintail board no kicks). He finishes the slide on the EQ, but the board changes back to the Boombox next scene as he carries it. (Kick tails again)
In the e-mail sent to Walter from Sheryl's kid, there is #3 and final board, unsure what board this is, but it's definitely far different and shorter, you can tell the different shape (longer kicks) if you look closely.
To attempt to maintain some level of continuity, they all have Paris 180 trucks and Bustin Swift blue wheels, UNITL the e-mail video where Rich (Sheryl's kid) mounts smaller black skateboard wheels on instead of the Blue Bustin Longboard wheels. See more »
I have given this a "10" rating. There was one minor issue I had with the movie that would make it not quite that in my mind, but a "9" rating would be an injustice to this extraordinary film and, since I'm unable to give it a 9.75 or something like that, "10" it is.
This movie strikes an incredible balance between indy/art-house and Hollywood epic. The pathos of the main character is well-captured in subtle ways, as are the feelings of triumph when he is able to go beyond his own self-imposed limitations. The cinematography is extraordinary-- this is a drama that *must* be seen in theaters. I expect that most adults with any sensitivity at all will find this a highly satisfying experience that speaks to their very cores. My wife and I were privileged to see it in an advanced screening, and can't believe we have to wait another couple of weeks for the official release to go back and see it again.
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