ANDREW COLLINS: FILM OF THE DAY The Secret Life of Walter Mitty★★★ Premiere 9.00-11.05pm C4
Adapted from a James Thurber story for star Danny Kaye in its first incarnation in 1947, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty was pointed at a new audience in 2013 as a more soul-searching vehicle for Ben Stiller. Kaye’s clowning is replaced by a more existentially human performance from Stiller, who also directs and co-produces. He’s an underachieving photo librarian at Life magazine with a crush on co-worker Kristen Wiig. But rather than daydreaming it, Stiller’s Mitty actually embarks on a quest to chase down a missing negative via Greenland, Iceland, Afghanistan and the Himalayas. This has been dismissed as a midlife-crisis film that’s been stripped of its fantasy element, but it’s actually a fine-looking, corporeal madcap picaresque.
With Finding Dory in cinemas this Friday, here’s the perfect opportunity to revisit Pixar’s original aquatic odyssey, in which a single-parent clown fish embarks on a perilous, ocean-encompassing search for his lost son.
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