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john’s review published on Letterboxd:
This review may contain spoilers.
"To see the world, things dangerous to come to, to see behind walls, to draw closer, to find each other, and to feel. That is the purpose of life."
my apologies for sharing personal things going on in my life. however, there is a purpose to it all and tying it in to walter mitty. throughout the summer, my parents and i decided to send me to therapy due to many years of social anxiety and depression and i can finally discuss with a professional some locked away trauma. in life, my consistently biggest problem was that i never took those big leaps; i never went for it. talking to the "popular" kids, asking for help when needed and so on.
the secret life of walter mitty is about a lonely man who did not have enough courage to take those big leaps. sure, many of the motivations were driven towards his love for kristen wiig's cheryl but it benefitted him for the better. every adventure told a story no person can ever dream of. hell, who would tell the story of jumping out of an airplane while also fighting a sea of sharks. only one man can.
ben stiller not only displayed a unique vision but a fascination into the loneliness of a man who has not had excitement in his life yet. he daydreams like many of us do in ways he wishes that can happen but feel very implausible but only one man can dream.
the secret life of walter mitty feels like the big hug i never knew i needed during a time where i needed it most. ben stiller charmingly tells me to "just do it" in a way no creative mind could ever manage to accomplish.
thank you, ben stiller