Ben Stiller‘s no stranger to the dramatic role. His career has been dotted with films like The Royal Tenenbaums and Greenberg, projects that demonstrate his abilities in a role not played for yuks (although it’s probably fair to say that the former makes a much stronger case than the latter). Now Stiller’s at it again with The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, which will see the actor/director as, not surprisingly, both actor and director.
Walter Mitty may show off Stiller’s dramatic side, but that doesn’t make it a tearjerker – the trailer has its fair share of that same slightly dry, slightly funny indie-film quirk present in both Tenenbaums and Greenberg. It’s especially apparent towards the end, as Stiller sports a wry look while a branch thwacks him in the face and he makes his choice of red or blue car. I’m not sure whether a soft chuckle or a sigh is more appropriate.
The quirkiness on display here does seem a little played out. But everything that comes beforehand is much more refreshing. With no dialogue (up until the end), little hints at some stellar supporting players (Kristen Wiig, Sean Penn, and Adam Scott), and an inviting look at Stiller’s daydreams, the trailer has far more positive than it does negative. ake a look at that trailer down below.
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty releases on December 25th. It stars Stiller, Wiig, Penn, and Scott along with Patton Oswalt and Shirley MacLaine.