so there's this actor guy named ben stiller who consistently makes terrible movies (except for tropic thunder) and discovers the only way to get back on the big screen was to produce, direct and star in it himself. unable to find serious actors willing to work with him he calls in favours from other comedy actors and sean penn who was probably unaware how terrible ben stiller's films are because he's always in haiti helping people.
the first few minutes sets the stage (these aren't spoilers). walter mitty is a long term employee as a negative asset manager for Life magazine's photo department. He's prone to daydreaming and constantly drifts away to play out little fantasies that make his life seem more exciting and meaningful. He has recently signed up with eHarmony because he heard the girl he likes at work was on there but since he hasn't done anything he's unable to complete his profile and gets errors when he tries to send her a wink. on top of this, Life magazine has just been acquired by a company that wants to move it entirely online and sends in the douchebag junior executives to determine who gets fired. they have one last issue to produce and a reclusive world renound photographer has just sent a roll of film with what he describes as his greatest photo, negative #25. walter discovers negative #25 is actually missing and sets out to find it.
bad: this film takes a very ... very long time to get going. we're talking hobbit #1 dragged out intro's here. it got to the point where it felt like they're targetting stupid people who hadn't grasped the character and need to see it again a few more times. it does however give ben stiller the room he needs to put his cringey comedy hat back on and do some stupid accents etc. this happens quite a few times in the movie and they stand out like sore thumbs.
good: this film has a really really good CGI team. even though i would have preferred a few less fantasy scenes some of the transitions into them are done almost seamlessly. the landscapes of iceland are just stunning and would have to be my favorite parts of the film.
2 / 5