Recently re-watched the 2013 remake of “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” staring Ben Stiller. First published as a short story by James Thurber in The New Yorker on March 18, 1939 the story line of the 2013 movie follows the exploits of Walter Mitty (played by Ben Stiller), a “negative property asset manager” to recover a lost negative that was to be printed as the final cover of Life Magazine. Contrary to Thurber’s original story line however, Stiller’s Mitty eventually does triumph and in the process is transformed from a socially awkward dreamer into a better, stronger and more confident person able to appreciate fully, consciously, and deliberately “… the purpose of life.”
In addition to being visually stimulating and thought provoking the movie also piqued my curiosity about James Thurber and his writings. The result of my new found interest inspired this weeks blog entry!
If you have not guessed already, I highly recommend this movie, and also recommend reading James Thurber’s original short story (or the book version entitled “My World and Welcome to It” published in 1942!)
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