The end of 2013 saw tons of great movies, one of those being The Secret Life of Walter Mitty starring Ben Stiller and Kristen Wiig. The movie tells the story of Walter Mitty (Stiller) a man who hasn’t really done anything and hasn’t really been anywhere and works in the photo archive department of a major magazine. He of course is pining after Cheryl (Wiig) because who isn’t pining after Kristen Wiig? The magazine is being acquired, which means the upcoming issue is their last issue. Famous photojournalist Sean O’Connell sends LIFE magazine a photograph (#25) that is perfect for the cover. It is “the quintessence of LIFE magazine” he says. The only problem? The frame is missing. So daydreaming Mitty goes on an epic adventure in search of the missing negative. Finally “going there” and “doing that” and beefing up his eharmony profile.
While Walter Mitty is the antithesis of a Travel Freak, this is definitely a movie for Travel Freaks. Walter jets off to Greenland, Iceland, the Himalayas, and even Los Angeles trying to find Sean O’Connell and the missing negative. Walter has more than enough new experiences (riding in helicopters and jumping into shark infested waters to name a few.) The movie is whimsical and dreamy and will spark wanderlust even in the most seasoned travelers. It is impossible to watch the movie and not want to immediately get up and go.
One thing I always find to be a problem with being a travel freak is that I never have time to watch movies. I never get a chance to go to the theater, and waiting for something to be added to Netflix takes forever. RIP Blockbuster, renting movies was such a luxury. Well, until I discovered Google Play which allows you to download HD versions of films and watch them on any one of your fancy devices. It is a travel freak/cinephile’s dream. It would have been perfect for Walter Mitty himself, too. All that globetrotting.
Over hear at Travel Freak we definitely suggest that if you watch The Secret Life of Walter Mitty you do so while on the go. It’s more fitting that way, you know?
And now for the giveaway!
One lucky winner will win a super awesome Walter Mitty travel tumbler so you can stay well caffeinated (or well hydrated, whatever kind of beverage you prefer) while you take your adventures.