|Title:||The Secret Life of Walter Mitty|
Yes it's schmaltzy and the music hits you on the head with every emotion you're supposed to feel and the few moments of Stiller-esque humor (like the Benjamin Button scene which I thought was hilarious) don't fit the tone of the rest of the movie at all and the message is a bit mixed and muddled (he's rewarded for getting out there and doing things, but he's also rewarded for the years of drudging hard work he put in?)... but here's the thing:
I've been having a tough year. I've had to face a few things that I wasn't ready to face and see a few more things coming that I'm also not ready for. I find myself really questioning major things about myself and how my life has been going up to now. The idea that I have traded financial and physical comfort over adventure and experience is very close to me, so this movie really resonated.
I just loved all of it. This movie felt like a movie full of the running sequence in Forrest Gump except, for whatever reason, I'm not too cynical to receive this. Things that should've bugged me didn't and things that shouldn't have worked on me did. I didn't want it to end.
I'd love to say that I had an acutely resonant moment with some well-regarded classic like Rules of the Game or Killer of Sheep or something... but I didn't. I had it with this, even with all its flaws that probably distracted most other people. For me it worked and I must not only respect that but celebrate it. I love movies.