Ben Stiller as Walter Mitty
In last year’s New Yorker
piece on Ben Stiller, there was a lot of chatter about how Stiller’s latest venture–an adaptation of James Thurber’s 1939 short story, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
, was making Fox Studios very nervous
. And well it should! The film had a budget of $90 million
, and was plagued by monetary problems throughout shooting, not to mention creative differences. (Stiller had to apparently keep telling Fox that he was making something more akin to Forrest Gump
than Eternal Sunshine
just to keep the studio from getting too nervous.)
Now we have the trailer, and while we can’t judge a book by its cover, we can sometimes judge a film by a trailer, or at least, it’s fun to try. So let’s go for it!
So now that the trailer has finally arrived for the way-less-Forrest–Gumpy Walter Mitty, a man who dreamed of great things while leading a tedious existence (something we can all relate to, surely). What do you think? Worth the time and/or money?