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My humble opinion :)
My younger sister recommended this movie after seeing it in our local theater so a day or two later I asked my girlfriend to come see a movie with me. I didn't bother to watch the trailer (neither did she), the only info we had was my sisters short explanation "It's about Ben Stiller daydreaming and he goes on some kind of adventure, that's all I can tell you, just go watch it". I wasn't really intrigued or anything but me and my sister share a lot of interests and taste in cinema so I was willing to give it a go
Never before have I been so pleasantly surprised by a film, ever.
The beginning threw us off a little, I was worried about the whole movie to be daydreaming-bits (although they were quite awesome!), but as the film progressed I was drawn in. When the actual adventure began I was totally mesmerized by The Secret Live of Walter Mitty, the cinematography was amazing, I felt excitement for the character, his 'quest' was intriguing and fun, as the story progressed we were both totally into this beautiful piece of film.
Having said this, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty was obviously enjoyable (and relatable!) for me, but I can understand that others won't give it a chance and would leave halfway through based purely on one simple theory;
(this is NOT to offend anyone, just my humble opinion, you can skip this part if you're not interested in my theory)
Personally I'm a 'creative person', I paint, I draw, photography is one of my passions, I love to get lost on my motorcycle with nothing but my camera on me and enjoy the moment of 'being lost', I can spend hours on end after I finish my day at the office just drawing and painting, it's what I do and what makes me happy. (this goes for my girlfriend as well and to a curtain extend also applies to my sister) This often is accompanied by daydreaming, a lot of daydreaming. I think that the reason I LOVED this film is because it's relatable, all of it.
And this brings me to the people who think this movie blows, I've talked quite a bit about this movie with a broad audience, and (this is my experience!) the people who hated it are mostly the most down-to-earth men and women I know, they have a great job, a steady income, save money for their retirement, drive a safe leased car, know exactly where they want to be in 1, 5, 10 and even 20 years and plan everything in advance. There is nothing wrong with being in said group, I'd love to be able to get a grip on my life like they do, but my mind kind of wanders sometimes.
Once again, I'm not writing this review to offend or sell short a specific group of people, the conversations were all with co-workers, friends and family, I love all of them as much as I would my 'creative' friends, family and co-workers!
In my experience the dreamers, creative minds, wanderers and adventurous people I've talk to about this movie were all very excited and loved it (or went to go see it because of the conversation). The realists, planners, play-it-safe and goal-setters didn't seem that interested in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, they kind of switched topics fairly early into the conversation and/or didn't bother to see the film. This is probably why this piece of awesomeness (my opinion ;)) got such mixed reviews, it seems like people either love it, or hate it, there doesn't seem to be an in-between-crowd!
After having share my 'theory' I will cut off this review by saying I LOVED The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, it is one of my all-time favorites and I rate it a perfect 10/10.