The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is surprisingly dull at plenty of times. The trailer of the film made it look absolutely spectacular and like nothing we've ever seen before and this gave me fairly high expectations for the film. The film actually was pretty dull in more then one occasion, especially in the first half if the film. Soon after Walter decides to travel to Greenland things began to get back on their feet and the film begun to get interesting and exciting.
The film is too long, especially for a film that's not even two hours in length. The film's runtime isn't massive or anything - it's not even two hours - but it feels much longer then that. There were a few points in the film that dragged on too long or didn't have much excitement in them at all. Most of this occurs in the first half. I would happily watch two hours of the second half of this movie instead of what the film actually was.
The dream sequences in the film felt really out of place. I have to admit before I starting ranting again that I did enjoy the dream sequences in the film. They were some of the most exciting parts of the film, but they didn't felt a little off. It was incredibly obvious that it was a dream and that may have been intentional, but it distracted me from the actual film at hand. These scenes just didn't feel like they belonged to be in the moment we're currently watching.
A lot of the reality sequences were much more exciting then the dream sequences. I just touched on the fact that there were plenty of enjoyable dream sequences, but I actually found the reality sequences to be much more exciting and they felt in place. Like I've mentioned a few times so far I preferred the second half of the film. In this half there were a lot more of the reality sequences that were funny, action packed and exciting.
To sum The Secret Life of Walter Mitty got surprisingly dull at times, is too long in runtime and some dream sequences felt out of place. Luckily the film was funny, action packed and had plenty of exciting reality scenes.
2 1/2 Stars