Stop and take two minutes out of your day to watch this lovely trailer.
You won’t regret it.
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is based on a short story of the same name, written in 1939 by James Thurber. The short story first appeared in The New Yorker and has since firmly entrenched itself in our culture (the word “Mittyesque” refers to a person who spends more time in fantastical or heroic daydreams than he does in reality). This type of character is ingrained in our cultural psyche, and has cropped up in countless tales over the years (the first one that came to my mind was Sam Lowry, the protagonist of Terry Gilliam’s Brazil).
This film, which stars Ben Stiller, Kristen Wiig, and Sean Penn, looks to be a thoughtful, uplifting piece. I’ll be eager to see it come December, as films like these– quiet, contemplative, sweet– just seem to fit the winter months so well.