Although exuberant in its visual style and Ben Stiller’s biggest directorial undertaking yet, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty ends up leaving you sugar high but not wholly satisfied. Like a two-hour commercial for life (not LIFE, ironically) it’s a fun ride if you’re up for a heavy serving of sentiment and characters that lack the excitement the script tries to convince you they demand. Peppered with a inspiring music, Mitty remains engaging, does entertain and bring laughs, and in the way that’s sure enough to be a commercial hit. Premiering at NYFF this past weekend, Stiller’s film is definitely one for the masses and say, not one for the same audience that’s drooling in anticipation to see Stray Dogs.
However, with the first trailer for the feature, we saw a near-silent visual trip through the film that surely looked promising. And today we’re given another glimpse that tells us more about the story of Walter Mitty (played by Stiller), an ambivalent man stuck floating through life, deterred by his daydreams. Co-starring Kristen Wiig, Kathryn Hahn, Adam Scott, Patton Oswalt and Sean Penn, the film won’t have its theatrical release until Christmas but in the meantime, you can check out the new trailer, as well as the press conference given after the film this past Saturday.