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First trailer for Ben Stiller's The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is a whimsical affair

Jul. 30, 2013by: Paul Shirey

Well, this is a surprise. I really didn't expect that Ben Stiller's THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY would be anything to get excited about, but after seeing this new whimsical, minimalist trailer, I'm intrigued as hell. I've never seen the 1947 film of the same name starring Danny Kaye, nor have I read the original short story by James Thurber (written in 1939), but the concept seems perfectly timeless in that it captures the "escapist" mentality of those who daydream of a better, more exciting life. Co-starring Kristen Wiig, Sean Penn, Adam Scott, Shirley MacLaine, Kathryn Hahn, and Patton Oswalt, this looks much more FOREST GUMP than ZOOLANDER, which could work out quite well for Mr. Stiller.

Take a look:

Here's the synopsis:

A timid magazine photo manager who lives life vicariously through daydreams embarks on a true-life adventure when a negative goes missing.

With Of Monsters and Men's "Dirty Paws" playing under it, the trailer feels like a nostalgic music video more than anything, which is pretty cool and a fun marketing move. We've all seen Stiller's anxious schtick time and again, which will likely still be present to an extent in this film, but thankfully they've focused on the journey of the film for this, rather than putting the spotlight on Stiller's antics. I'm officially down. Can't wait to see more.

THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY opens on December 25, 2013.

Extra Tidbit: What do you think? Could Stiller deliver something that's not another schtick-filled comedy?
Source: You Tube

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10:39PM on 08/01/2013

trailer

This trailer is amazing, although the one I saw in theaters before wolverine was a little different it had basically the same stuff a little bit of scenes changed around with kristen wiigs character asking hi. Where he goes. Does anybody remember this?
This trailer is amazing, although the one I saw in theaters before wolverine was a little different it had basically the same stuff a little bit of scenes changed around with kristen wiigs character asking hi. Where he goes. Does anybody remember this?
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10:38PM on 07/30/2013

Just Another Reason To Get Excited For Christmas

I remember seeing this in front of THE WOLVERINE and falling in love with it. This movie looks absolutely terrific. Ben Stiller has something incredible in store for us and I can't wait to check it out come Christmas.

See you folks there!
I remember seeing this in front of THE WOLVERINE and falling in love with it. This movie looks absolutely terrific. Ben Stiller has something incredible in store for us and I can't wait to check it out come Christmas.

See you folks there!
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12:53AM on 07/31/2013
I don't know why people are giving you thumbs down. But I agree with you. It looks awesome.
I don't know why people are giving you thumbs down. But I agree with you. It looks awesome.
3:34AM on 07/31/2013
Ah, it's no skin off my back and I certainly won't lose sleep over it.
Ah, it's no skin off my back and I certainly won't lose sleep over it.
10:41PM on 08/01/2013
Was the trailer you saw in front of wolverine a little different? With kristen wiigs character asking him where he goes?
Was the trailer you saw in front of wolverine a little different? With kristen wiigs character asking him where he goes?
7:47PM on 07/30/2013

Great trailer Great song

This trailer has me really excited, movie looks like it could be great.
Honestly though you could play 'Of Monsters and Men' to a video of an obese man on the toilet and I'd probably think it was a work of art. Great song choice.
This trailer has me really excited, movie looks like it could be great.
Honestly though you could play 'Of Monsters and Men' to a video of an obese man on the toilet and I'd probably think it was a work of art. Great song choice.
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7:23PM on 07/30/2013
I love this trailer. Of Monsters and Men is currently my favourite band, so hearing this jam during the trailer just gave me a huge smile. This movie looks to be quite charming, and might even turn out to be my personal favourite of the year. Another thing, Ben Stiller is just awesome.
I love this trailer. Of Monsters and Men is currently my favourite band, so hearing this jam during the trailer just gave me a huge smile. This movie looks to be quite charming, and might even turn out to be my personal favourite of the year. Another thing, Ben Stiller is just awesome.
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6:13PM on 07/30/2013

No

This looks horrible. More like a rip off of Wes Anderson more than anything. Ben Stiller should stick to comedy. Greenberg was just terrible.
This looks horrible. More like a rip off of Wes Anderson more than anything. Ben Stiller should stick to comedy. Greenberg was just terrible.
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5:38PM on 07/30/2013
It looks awesome. And beautiful cinematography as well!
It looks awesome. And beautiful cinematography as well!
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5:14PM on 07/30/2013
What a beautiful trailer
What a beautiful trailer
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4:56PM on 07/30/2013

No

This looks horrible. More like a rip off of Wes Anderson more than anything. Ben Stiller should stick to comedy. Greenberg was just terrible.
This looks horrible. More like a rip off of Wes Anderson more than anything. Ben Stiller should stick to comedy. Greenberg was just terrible.
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4:48PM on 07/30/2013
First Ben Stiller movie that I have been excited for in a long time.
First Ben Stiller movie that I have been excited for in a long time.
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4:34PM on 07/30/2013
Sorry, double post

Sorry, double post

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3:59PM on 07/30/2013
Definitely an Eternal Sunshine/Stranger Than Fiction vibe off it. Thought Stiller was great in Greenberg, so I think he'll pull this off.

Definitely an Eternal Sunshine/Stranger Than Fiction vibe off it. Thought Stiller was great in Greenberg, so I think he'll pull this off.

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+5
3:50PM on 07/30/2013

Nice

This looks very good
This looks very good
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2:58PM on 07/30/2013
Yes.
Yes.
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1:33PM on 07/30/2013

No surprise

I was always curious how someone could adapt this short story into a feature film, but after seeing the preview before The Wolverine it looks great. Besides, this shouldn't be a big surprise given Stiller's directorial efforts have been solid to great (Reality Bites, Cable Guy, Zoolander, and Tropic Thunder), and this looks like he's maturing into a dramatic territory ... I've definitely been looking forward to it and more now with the trailer!
I was always curious how someone could adapt this short story into a feature film, but after seeing the preview before The Wolverine it looks great. Besides, this shouldn't be a big surprise given Stiller's directorial efforts have been solid to great (Reality Bites, Cable Guy, Zoolander, and Tropic Thunder), and this looks like he's maturing into a dramatic territory ... I've definitely been looking forward to it and more now with the trailer!
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1:32PM on 07/30/2013
I've just watched the trailer for a third time in a row. I'm in love with it. This has become my most expected movie of 2013.
I've just watched the trailer for a third time in a row. I'm in love with it. This has become my most expected movie of 2013.
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1:26PM on 07/30/2013

After Ben Affleck, I won't let someone's past projects determine how I feel about their future ones

I love what I'm seeing so far.
I love what I'm seeing so far.
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1:14PM on 07/30/2013
I read an article in the New Yorker about a year ago that interviewed Stiller and co. during the filming of this thing, and it sounded pretty cool just from that. They talked about Stiller being something of a perfectionist (think about how big Tropic Thunder was). That looks somewhat evident in this trailer. Anyway, LOVE the trailer, might be my favorite of the year. Oh, and Adam Scott's beard!
I read an article in the New Yorker about a year ago that interviewed Stiller and co. during the filming of this thing, and it sounded pretty cool just from that. They talked about Stiller being something of a perfectionist (think about how big Tropic Thunder was). That looks somewhat evident in this trailer. Anyway, LOVE the trailer, might be my favorite of the year. Oh, and Adam Scott's beard!
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+9
1:09PM on 07/30/2013

Wow!!!!

Did not expect this,... AT ALL!!!! LOVE what I'm seeing,...
Did not expect this,... AT ALL!!!! LOVE what I'm seeing,...
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1:03PM on 07/30/2013
Saw the trailer before The Wolverine and I was really impressed. It reminds me of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind alot and if its the same great quality as that, then we are in for a great time.
Saw the trailer before The Wolverine and I was really impressed. It reminds me of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind alot and if its the same great quality as that, then we are in for a great time.
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1:09PM on 07/30/2013
I was gonna say the same thing! ESOTSM vibe going on!
I was gonna say the same thing! ESOTSM vibe going on!