I’ll be the first to admit it. I’m scared of this movie. I really am. I’ve watched thousands of horror movies, and the entire series of Faces of Death, and even the closest thing to a snuff film you can get without being a Kennedy, but none of those scare me as much as this movie.
I love the story.
I love Danny Kaye.
Hang on. Let me think about Gilda and Gene doing this movie. I’m gonna need a minute. I just hope Mel Brooks didn’t come in and make Madeline Kahn and himself the bad guys. Lets move on, but I’m gonna be upset if this movie isn’t playing in Heaven.
So how does Ben F’N Stiller fit in this? When I think Walter Mitty, I don’t think Ben Stiller. I don’t consider him the next Danny Kaye. Stiller might end up the next Danny Bonaduce before he becomes the next Danny Kaye.
So Yes, I’m scared.
I’m gonna spend the first hour of this movie in full clench mode.
So how is it?
Ok, I have to give Ben Stiller credit. He knows he is no Danny Kaye, and doesn’t try, he doesn’t try and shoehorn the comedy into his personality or force the joke, something he can be really hit or miss on. In this case, the weaker parts of the movie are the actual “Walter Mitty” parts, in fact, once the movie actually starts, there is only one that matters, and you could have called this movie Slide 25 and that one being the only “Mitty” part in the whole movie. I really did enjoy the show. I cannot recommend it highly enough on premium cable or Netflix when you get the chance.
The only part that kinda fails for me is the love interest, we easily could have merged her with his buddy that works with him, and dropped her. I’m sorry, she just doesn’t strike me as someone you pine for from across the room, and it doesn’t help that Stiller seems like he’s got 15 years on her.
Patton Oswalt is always a joy. He’s barely in the movie but he’s the second most important guy, after Stiller himself. I’d love to know what cell service he has.
I’m going a solid 8 on my scale. I don’t think there is a ton of rewatchability or a reason to see this on the big screen. But this is a pleasant surprise, and WELL worth your time.
I got a few issues, but we will get there after the . . .
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