The Secret Life of Walter Mitty ★★★★★

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty made Papa John's product placement a hot topic for a hot minute. I distinctly remember critics writing Mitty off because of product placement and Ben Stiller's direction. It still baffles me that this was an actual, acceptable reason. Don't most studio films include product placement?

I bumped this to a full five stars this time around. The cinematography and score are exceptional; hands down one of the best of 2013. The textual simplicity is the film's strength, not its weakness. Stiller sets out to accomplish a certain mood, and he knocks it out of the park. Walter Mitty is light and humorous, but the thematic strength lands. This is an excellent film, and I, frankly, don't care what the critics have to say about it.

This might be Kristen Wiig's best work. I know, I know, Bridesmaids, but how can we compare the two? I personally prefer her grounded performance in Walter Mitty than her extreme comedic turn in Bridesmaids. She is an underutilized dramatic talent, and I am excited to see her in Wonder Woman 1984. It's the chance she needs and the chance she deserves.

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty would look excellent on a 4K reprint. Hint, hint.

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