[Movie] The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
I seldom watched a romantic-drama film because the end usually a bit too greasy or too good to be true for me. But romantic-fantasy-drama-comedy film, now that I can stomach. Here is one of the films that I think is good at lifting spirit and motivate yourself. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. The are several version of this story, and the original one belongs to a short story written by James Thurber in 1939. It was later adapted into film in 1947 and re-adapted again in 2013, which is the new film. It seems that with each adaptation, the story differ a little bit, but the key plot remain the same. The story is about a normal man, named Walter Mitty, doing his mundane routine but have serious case of daydreaming to the point the he could just 'zone-out' in middle of doing something. Somewhere around at the point of his life, he would be caught up with a real-life adventures that even he couldn't believe are happening to him.
Walter worked as the manager for Negative Asset Department in the Life magazine publisher company. There are only 2 person in that department, him and his assistant Hernando (Adrian Martinez) and they job scope are to receive photograph negative films and process them. He worked quietly everyday, and pretty much invisible to everyone. I think he wore sports jacket to work, that is sports jacket right? Everyone else is wearing black suits, you know, professionalism that sort of thing. So yeah, Walter Mitty is a bleak guy, who had a crush with his work colleague, Cheryl Melhoff (Kristen Wiig), which he is too shy to approach. And also, he always spend his time alone looking at the negative films by the water fountain near his office during lunchtime. Until one day, everything changes.
|Why can't I 'Wink'??|
|The Beard Guy.|
|Time to show my.. wait where is Number 25?|
|But it was very nice wallet.|
|Sean, I'm coming for the Number 25!!|
He managed to get to Greenland, but the ship is not at the dock. Actually, it doesn't even dock in Greenland, the ship received their mails and packages through a helicopter from Greenland. So yeah, Walter will need to fly there with a drunk helicopter pilot who on his way to send a radio part package to the Erkigsnek. But the helicopter wouldn't land on the sea, only to drop it off on a pontoon boat from Erkigsnek. Walter didn't know this, so he jumped into the ocean, along with the radio part package. He lost the package, had a fight with a shark (which the captain assures him that the fin that swimming toward him was a porpoise), and luckily got saved by the pontoon boat. But Sean no longer on the Erkigsnek. He already went to Iceland to visit the volcano Eyjafjallajokull.
|All I want is negative Number 25!!|
Turns out, Sean was on Iceland because the volcano Eyjafjallajokull was about to erupt. And as an extreme photographer, Sean was there to capture the eruption moment. Walter almost caught in the whole catastrophe if not for the hotel manager that raced to get him back to safety. The hotel manager helps Walter by pointing out a direction for Walter. But time is running out, and Hernando sent a message that he will get fired if the beard guy doesn't see Walter as soon as possible.
Walter finally gave up his wild-goose chase and return back to New York. But he ended up fired anyway, and the beard guy just shrugged the 'quintessence of life' idea and decided to make a new cover for the last issue of Life. Devastated by that.. Walter just went home almost broke. Well, he spend almost all of his saving for the exciting adventure of finding Number 25. An adventure that no one new about. Well, Hernando knew though, but that was mutual. While he was sitting in the living room, chatting with his mom, he told about the clues that he got from Sean. He said he couldn't decipher the final clue, the word 'Warlocks' from Sean's photo itinerary that he got from the Erkigsnek's deckhand. His mother corrected him, saying that its not 'Warlocks', its 'Warlords'. Sean told her so.
|Its not ended yet, Number 25!|
Which he totally did. Finally managed to catch up with Sean, barely, he found Sean sitting idly waiting for the snow leopard. When Walter told Sean what happened, Sean almost burst into laughter, disbelieving what Walter did just to get to him. Sean told him that the negative was in his wallet, the wallet that Sean gifted to earlier. Sean said, he wrote in his message that Walter should 'see inside' but Walter mistakenly thought what he meant was, to look inside the gift wrap, not the wallet.
Walter went back to New York, get his wallet back, found the negative inside a small envelope in the small pouch of the wallet, and handed over to the beard guy. The beard guy at that time was in a meeting, discussing about the new cover for Life's final issue (which is a pitch black cover with a huge title of 'End of Life'). I know, sucks right. So Walter just gave it to him without even seeing that the 'quintessence of life' really is. Turns out, it was...
|Pictured: Number 25|
Final Issue: Dedicated to the People who made it.
Yep, in a way, don't we all too search for our Number 25?
Great motivational movie, I think I'll add it into my movie marathon collection.