What a remarkable trailer. That was my first thought after watching the preview for Ben Stiller’s adaptation of the 1939 short story, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. Evoking plenty of emotion with its not-so-subtle use of the song “Dirty Paws” by Of Monsters and Men, the trailer does an excellent job of showing, rather than using a bunch of dissected and rearranged dialogue and cheesy voiceovers as a means of telling. Perhaps like Walter Mitty’s story, this film will be more about the journey than anything.
Ben Stiller has also stepped behind the camera for this one. From Reality Bites to The Cable Guy to Zoolander and Tropic Thunder, Stiller has never disappointed me as a director. He has a unique eye, with a deliberate blend of humor, drama, and the absurd – which admittedly rubs some people the wrong way, but has always worked for me.
The movie’s screenplay was adapted by Steve Conrad (The Weather Man, The Pursuit of Happyness), of which the seems to have the same sort of melancholy, introspective tone. It also co-stars Kristen Wiig, Adam Scott, Patton Oswalt, Sean Penn, Shirley MacLaine.
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty hits North American theaters on December 25, 2013.
What do you think of the trailer? Does it work for you?