I just saw The Secret Life of Walter Mitty the other night.
It isn’t terrible- it’s an ordinary, so-so, semi-enjoyable romantic comedy. I’ve seen so many so-so, semi-enjoyable romantic comedies in my day that normally I wouldn’t bother to comment on this one.
I just wonder… why did you bother using the title or character “Walter Mitty,” when you completely STOP portraying your character as a daydreamer about 25% of the way into the movie?
Walter Mitty’s very ESSENCE is that he’s a daydreamer. Fantasizing about exciting adventures he’ll never really have is who he is! Sherlock Holmes solves mysteries, Indiana Jones hunts for relics, the Lone Ranger rides after bandits, and Walter Mitty daydreams. Would you make a Sherlock Holmes movie in which he stops solving mysteries before the midway point, and spends the rest of the movie romancing Irene Adler?
I mean, it’s NOT as if modern kids even remember who James Thurber or Danny Kaye or Walter Mitty is! The name isn’t going to draw anyone to the theater. So, why call your character “Walter Mitty” if he’s going to HAVE adventures and GET the girl instead of just fantasizing about adventures?