Saturday, December 28, 2013

Xpress Reviews: The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty & The Class Of 92

In just a few more days, we'll be celebrating the arrival of 2014. A brand new year often triggers a new resolution for most people. We garner a renewed sense of optimism and inspiration to do better in the upcoming twelve months. As the year draws to a close, I saw two films that managed to connect with me on a personal level, and well, inspire me at the same time too.

# The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty [2013]

"Beautiful things don't ask for attention"

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Directed By: Ben Stiller
Written By: Steve Conrad
Starring: Ben Stiller, Kristen Wiig, Adam Scott, Kathryn Hahnn, Shirley MacLaine, Sean Penn
The Story: Walter Mitty (played by Ben Stiller) is a guy working at Life Magazine whom regularly zones-out into his daydreams/imagination. With the company being taken over and turned fully into an online publication, staff lay-offs are inevitable. For the final issue of the magazine, the management has decided to go for a photo from legendary but elusive photographer, Sean O'Connell (played by Sean Penn) for its cover. A problem arises when the photo, described as a "Quintessence", is no where to be found. Mitty goes searching for the photo by tracking down O'Connell while embarking on a real-life adventure.
The Verdict: As mentioned above, this film connected to me a lot on a personal level. It also most probably heavily influenced the level of enjoyment I received. Not only have I gone through first hand experience of a company take-over and lay-off, but during my years as a child and teenager, my struggles with ADHD meant just like Walter Mitty, I also experienced "Calvin & Hobbes"-styled zone-outs on a regular basis. The theme in the movie of leaving your comfort zone and being adventurous also felt extremely inspiring to me.
Ben Stiller as always plays the role of the underdog to perfection. We really do root and feel for him. Kristen Wiig who plays Mitty's love interest, Cheryl Milhoff, manages to be lovable and charming as always. We get to tag-along with Mitty's real-life adventures to Greenland, Iceland, and Afghanistan, and are treated to some impeccable scenery and visuals. Along with its delightful soundtrack, this whimsical and heart-warming story really does prove that 2013 has been a great year for movies.
Rating: 8.5 out of 10

# The Class Of '92 [2013]

"You're massively aware of what you're representing in history"

Directed By: Benjamin Turner, Gabe Turner
Featuring: David Beckham, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Gary Neville, Phil Nevile, Nicky Butt, Danny Boyle, Tony Blair, Eric Harrison, Eric Cantona, Sir Alex Ferguson
The Story: A documentary focusing on the six graduates from the 1992 youth team of the globally renowned football club, Manchester United. The six players soon became the core of arguably the club's greatest ever team.
The Verdict: Six great players all with six distinctive personalities and characters. "The Global Celebrity" David Beckham, "The Everlasting Legend" Ryan Giggs, "The Ultimate Professional" Gary Neville, "The Introverted Genius" Paul Scholes, "The Kid" Phil Neville, and "The Warrior" Nicky Butt. As a life-long fan of Manchester United, I'm obviously quite bias in my rating. But no one can deny the impact these six had on football and the inspirational story of their youth and climb towards prominence. Also includes interviews with celebrities such as Oscar winner, Danny Boyle and former Prime Minister, Tony Blair.
Rating: 8 out of 10


  1. Ugh I wish I have seen The secret life of walter mitty by now! Sounds like a film I would like. Class of '92 sounds like a must see for soccer lovers.

    1. Hi Andina. I actually have a feeling you'll like Mitty. It has elements that you usually enjoy... optimism, carpe diem, music, and just the general feel of the movie. Hope you get to see it soon!

      p/s: if you end up NOT liking it.... just shows how crappy I am at giving recommendations :P

  2. Excellent post, I look forward to reading more from your blog.

  3. That's a high rating for 'Mitty.' I wasn't too enthused by all the promo, but I might give it a rent. Sounds like a good for for Stiller and the scenery looks gorgeous!

    1. Apart from a few posters, I actually didn't see any promo for Mitty before. So I was really surprised when I found out that this was actually a remake of a 1947 film! I'm hoping to see what that version is like.

  4. yg ni belum tgk, tapi ramai kata bagus...oklah gi tgk Rabu.. murah skit ticket :P

    1. tu la... kalo tgk site cam Rotten Tomatoes... rating rndh... tp kalo baca social media... ramai suka... tu la, taste professional critics ngan org biasa nih mmg beza la..... aku suka pasal cite dia sweet n heartwarming... plus sket inspiring...


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