Sounds harmless, but this is where the wrongheadedness works in. First, forget what you know about LIFE’s real history. Here it’s been acquired by a heartless corporation that wants to make it digital-only. But there’s so much product placement in the movie (by giant, presumably heartless corporations) that it becomes distracting. Watch Walter talk about how Papa John’s killed his dreams (which is some serious irony considering how much Papa John’s flashes its corporate logo)! Watch Walter and some guy (Patton Oswalt) who works at eHarmony (which is great with customer service!) eat at a Cinnabon and talk about how great it is!
But…the giant corporation is getting ready to kill LIFE. So, Mr. Stiller, do we love the corporations, or are they killing us? Or does it not matter when you have a movie to make? If the story were captivating enough, I wouldn’t have to ask.
THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY
Directed by Ben Stiller
With Ben Stiller, Kristen Wiig and Sean Penn
Regal Santa Fe Stadium 14