As Cheryl Melhoff, the Life co-worker on whom Walter harbors an entirely secret crush (and who helps him in his search for the mysterious missing negative), Kristen Wiig gives an understated but appealing performance that suits the movie’s muted mood. Despite its occasional forays into an almost New Age spirituality (and at least three too many travel montages scored to soaring indie rock), there’s a gentleness to The Secret Life of Walter Mitty that I appreciated. In his quest for the grizzled photog, Walter will travel to Greenland, Iceland, and finally Afghanistan. You see it in the scenes between Stiller’s character and his mother, played by Shirley MacLaine with a sensitivity that points up the burlesquey broadness with which mothers are usually depicted in the bro-dude-grows-up school of film comedy. Neither the spiritual insights nor the jokes always hit the mark, and sometimes one cancels out the other, giving the film a curiously neutral, blank quality.

His real-life escapades (which include fighting off a shark, fleeing an erupting volcano, and taking a helicopter ride with a dead-drunk pilot) are frequently augmented by elaborate fantasy sequences in which Walter briefly becomes a champion of the oppressed, an invincible action hero, or a smoldering Latin lover.
As actors directing themselves will tend to do, Stiller leaves the camera on his reflective face for long periods as he ponders, for example, getting on that copter with the drunk pilot (a choice that the movie frames, somewhat oddly, as an act of spiritual courage) or skateboarding at top speed down a deserted Icelandic highway.
Walter Mitty is about a not-so-bro-dude who needs to grow down, a long-constricted adult trying to rediscover some of his lost childhood passions (for skateboarding, for travel, for imagining himself as a part of a bigger life). His new boss, the callow Ted Hendricks (an officious and luxuriantly bearded Adam Scott) is scarcely able to fake caring as he announces the impending firings to the magazine’s staff. We pick up from contextual cues (and from the staggeringly gorgeous landscapes that surround him) that these must be the moments in which Walter is learning to truly experience life—something that, despite his long employment at a magazine by that name, he clearly knows next to nothing about.

But the character’s spiritual trajectory remains vague, maybe because Walter himself is something of a nullity, a conceit more than a character. ?? 3?
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