the fine print: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

December 11, 2013

I like Ben Stiller just fine. I’m looking forward to the movie, Walter Mitty, in which he plays the daydreamer originally interpreted for film by the amazing Danny Kaye in 1947. Ben Stiller’s version is out Christmas Day. I’m going to see it, maybe even ON Christmas Day (the theatres as surprisingly full on that day so I’m obviously not the only one who takes a breather from back-to-back family (love you all) to sit quietly in a cinema and watch crazy people shout at each other. Well, that was just that one Christmas but where was I?

Oh yes. So The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, coming to a multiplex near you. But take a minute now, right now (it’s very short), and read the original story by James Thurber. It’s only a wee slip of a sketch in its original form. But what a lovely sketch. And if that doesn’t whet your curiousity, how about this: Thurber once rewrote Edgar Allen Poe’s The Raven to tell the story from the bird’s point of view. Then again, he was also known or believed to have said: “A woman’s place is in the wrong.” To be sure, Mrs. Mitty doesn’t come off too well here, but I’m wandering again. Read the damn story!

James Thurber’s The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. Merry Christmas.

And here’s a trailer for the movie that I hadn’t seen yet. Maybe it’s new to you, too.


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