When Walter Mitty was seventeen, his dad died suddenly. With the family left destitute, young Walter was forced to give up his dreams to support his mother and sister. He ends up working in Negative Management at Life Magazine, where he’s the sole trusted recipient of the award-winning photo-journalist Sean O’Connell’s masterpieces. Life though is about to be closed down, and Sean sends one final negative that he believes represents the quintessence of the magazine, which management wants for the cover. Problem is, the negative is missing, and Walter sets out – for Greenland, Iceland and Afghanistan – to track down Sean and the missing photo.
Directed and starring Ben Stiller, I actually loved the movie. It’s got just the right balance of whimsy and adventure, of joy and bittersweet sadness, of disappointments and reasons for optimism. It’s absolutely beautifully filmed too, and I challenge anyone – this coming from me who’s never set foot on a skateboard – to watch the scene where Walter skates across Iceland and come away unmoved.
All the non-US scenes filmed in Iceland actually, and the movie’s pretty much a 90 minute film tourism advert for the beauties of that far flung and lonely island. Ben Stiller does a great video promo for both the film and the country here.