On my 3 week hiatus from the office (mostly unplanned), I struggled to keep myself occupied. Translation: from going crazy. Taking photos outside typically does a good job keeping my brain focused, but in sub-zero temperatures I had to be a little smarter than that. So what did I do? I saw a bunch of movies (all very good, incidentally): 12 Years A Slave, American Hustle, Hunger Games 2, Prisoners, somethingI'veforgottenandwillthinkofinaminute... But the one I want to really talk about is the surprisingly awesome The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
Ben Stiller? Yeah, he's funny. Kristen Wig? Yeah, Bridesmaids was hilarious. Rated PG? Sounds like a decent movie to take Steven to. I wasn't expecting much. I mean, really, what truly excellent movies are rated PG these days, unless they're made by Pixar? We saw it on a whim, after pigging out at Steak n' Shake. I'm not much of a planner.
But oh boy, what a treat it was. I found myself crying at the end, inspired on so many different levels and completely in love with Walter. And Iceland. And soccer. And photography (all over again). And most surprisingly of all, Sean Penn.
Is it a perfect movie? Nah. But it's incredibly beautiful, inspiring, sentimental, and all played out over a kickass soundtrack
. David Bowie's Space Oddity
is a standout, featured prominently and in a pivotal scene. Bonus.
Saving Mr. Banks! I knew I'd remember the one I'd forgotten. Also delightful.