I felt in love with the film (directed by and starring Ben Stiller) before I knew that it was based on a book.
The film is entirely different from the kind of films that the actor has accustomed us. It was a pleasant surprise. The story grabs you from the beginning. You want to be part of that story. It is a story of overcoming, of dreams achieved and happy endings, but not quite perfect, and that’s also good.
Walter Mitty , an employee at Life magazine, spends day after monotonous day developing photos for the publication. To escape the tedium, Walter inhabits a world of exciting daydreams in which he is the undeniable hero. Walter fancies a fellow employee named Cheryl and would love to date her, but he feels unworthy. However, he gets a chance to have a real adventure when Life’s new owners are about to close the magazine and he starts a mission to obtain the perfect photo for the final print issue.
The story is excellent, the actors, the setting, and the soundtrack. Thanks to this film I found José González. He writes lyrics that touch you, combined with the perfect music.
When I was looking for the book, I was looking for the story in the movie, but the book is something completely different.
The book it is readable, but if it were not for the film, it would never have left any mark on me. It is a short stories book. One of the stories is the one that gives the title to the book and the film. A dreamer with a great ability to live a happier life. All kinds of adventures happen inside his head, and he is fully able to feel that it is real. The truth is that some of the other stories are much better than that, and are not at all related to dreamers. The problem with the book, and I hate to say this, is that it is a book written by a man and directed only to men. The main characters are always nice men, perhaps dreamers, but rights, and the women are always stupid, with bad mood and no real value for their peers.
Even in the only story that I liked a little more, The Macbeth Murder Mystery, is a man who has to explain to a silly woman how wonderful Shakespeare is.
I recommend the movie willingly, but not the book.
James Thurber was an American author and cartoonist best known for his contributio
ns to The New Yorker magazine. He was on The New Yorker staff from 1927 to 1933 and remained a consistent contribution thereafter. His cartoons became some of the most popular in America. By 1952, Thurber had to give up drawing because his failing eyesight had developed into full blindness.