My memory of the source material that Ben Stiller’s film The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is based upon is not the best. I believe I read James Thurber‘s short story a few years back around the time I was reading John Cheever‘s The Swimmer. The sense I got from Thurber’s short story was not very optimistic. While it was humorous that Walter Mitty has these heroic daydreams, in the story they remain just that: daydreams. If I remember right he is married, seemingly unhappy and not in control of his life and by story’s end he is imagining himself before a firing squad while in reality he is smoking against a wall resigned to life he is living.
Trailer after the jump.