Starring: Ben Stiller, Kristen Wiig
Directed by: Ben Stiller
Written By: Steve Conrad
Rating: PG (US) Running Time: 1 hr 54 min
Well I have to say this movie is a bit of a mess. A sweet, adorable, inspiring mess, but a mess all the same. A movie with sky-high ambitions, that never really seems to settle on a single message. Initially it seems to be about exploring and embracing life and the world. It also laments the end of old analog technology and printed publications. A story about family, and about a day dreamer. If Walter Mitty had managed to pull all this together we’d be looking at something really special. Sadly, it doesn’t.
As I said before though. This is a sweet movie, and I really applaud the effort that went into this. Ben Stiller as actor perfectly communicates the heart of this story. As director, he keeps the story flowing and there are a lot of great visual experiences to be enjoyed here. It’s a film of great individual moments that unfortunately never really coalesce into a solid narrative. I enjoyed this though, and I felt good after seeing it. I may also visit Iceland one day!
I’d say this was for the day dreamers out there. The trailers for this may have you believing this was some kind of life changing major event movie. It certainly wanted to be. But keep your expectations on a more realistic level, and you’ll get something out of this.
There are a lot of great visuals in this film. Especially the shots of the Icelandic countryside. There are also plenty of genuinely funny moments. A crowded matinée or evening showing at the theater would work. At home, a HD showing on a big screen will help you get the most out of this film.
Best element for me:
The photography. I loved all the neat camera angles, and written messages incorporated into the surrounding sets and countryside.