The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013)

secret life of walter mittyOne man’s ghost cat is another man’s negative assets manager. (Please do not copy and paste that last sentence as it is now under copyright and will inevitably be one of the great literary proverbs of the 21st century.)


First, you should know this is not a remake of the 1947 film with the same name. (And for those of you who haven’t seen that version, you are missing out on the quintessence of Danny Kaye comedy.) Both movies contain a character named Walter Mitty who daydreams a lot, but the similarities stop there.

I also read James Thurber’s short story on which this movie is based a while back, and from what I remember, this film is a far stretch from the original storyline.

Differences aside, my wife and I saw this movie over the Christmas break and we absolutely loved it. It’s quirky, artsy, and inspiring. And there’s a very small amount of language/innuendo in it. (The movie is barely PG.) Plus, the cinematography is breathtaking. Very, very cool.

I read that a Walter Mitty movie was in development for almost 20 years. At different points in time the character was going to be played by Jim Carrey, Mike Myers, and Owen Wilson. Now that I’ve seen it, I can’t imagine anyone doing a better job than Ben Stiller.

Kristen Wiig does a good job, too. So does Sean Penn. I would say Adam Scott (from Parks and Recreation) did great, too, except his beard was weird and discolored and I found it distracting and offensive to the facial hair community.

OH, SOMETHING YOU SHOULD KNOW: I used to daydream a lot. It was paved and I was the only one who could park on it. (ba-dun TSHHHH…)

I love how this movie plays on the purpose of Life magazine:

“To see the world, things dangerous to come to, to see behind walls, to draw closer, to find each other and to feel. That is the purpose of Life.”

While I couldn’t find anything to suggest this was the historic magazine’s exact motto in real Life, it doesn’t really matter. The point is that Walter found the motivation to move forward and not sit back and watch his life go by without him.

And while we don’t have to travel the world or jump out of helicopters to live life, we still must do something more than dream of our mansions above.

This life is a time to prepare to meet God, and that means repentance, improvement, and change. We should never be content with daydreaming when we could be doing something to expand our capacities, to “see” and “find” and “feel,” and make the world a better place.

And in our quest for developing our divine potential, we must not under-value our present contributions. This movie pays beautiful tribute to what it calls “ghost cats” — those who just quietly do without seeking attention.

Put your dreams into action, and be proud of what you accomplish. Time won’t stop for anyone.

“Behold, I say unto you that it is my will that you should go forth and not tarry, neither be idle but labor with your might.” – Doctrine & Covenants 75:3

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2 Responses to The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013)

  1. Alena says:

    Just came across your site, looking for something nice to watch on a Sunday afternoon. It’s so refreshing to hear the truths that are here. I value them greatly. It’s like being in Heaven, where all will be good and wholesome and wonderful. Isn’t that what this life is about, bringing Heaven here on earth? Thanks so much and God bless you and family always, Alena/DallasTX

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