REVIEW: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is awe-inspiring

REVIEW: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is awe-inspiring

Jack Steele Mattingly

We all have dreams. Some while we sleep; some while we go through our day. There’s no harm in dreaming. In fact, dreaming is what propels us to a fuller life and more than what’s just in arm’s reach. Whether at day or night, dreaming is a fact of life. But to confuse dreams with reality isn’t helpful. It’s one thing to drift off here and there, but to have your head in the clouds all the time won’t get you anywhere. Eventually, you’ll have to take a look at the runway you’re on and take off by yourself.

Meet Walter Mitty. He’s the type of guy who keeps to himself… a lot. You’re more than likely to witness his infamous ‘space outs.’ To say Walter daydreams is an understatement. Working as the negative asset manager for Life magazine for the past 16 years, Walter Mitty finds his life will undergo drastic change with the addition of a new coworker as well as the last issue is set be published. In this movie, Walter makes a choice; a choice people often come across themselves when they leave the theatre. “Am I going to keep dreaming? Or am I going to make my dreams come true?”

After watching The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, I was inspired. Inspired to do something with my life. To make fantasies a reality. Whether it’s traveling to far lands only seen in pictures, acting on an infatuation, or even just telling your stubborn boss off. I believed anyone can find their dreams, follow their wanderlust, and find their fiery romance before i saw this movie. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty strengthened my belief and gave me a cinematic experience to no compare.

From the stunning visuals to the deep, life lessons, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty should be on anyone’s watch list, especially, a Manual student. Many students here, myself included, have very high dreams and are often encouraged to pursue them. But in these same halls we are often reminded of the harsh reality that dreams aren’t always going to happen, and that life will stress us to the point of settling. A healthy reminder that dreams are very achievable and we shouldn’t ever settle for something that limits our happiness; that’s why Manual students should see The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.