'The Secret Life of Walter Mitty' Trailer is Here

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty trailer
Ben Stiller in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
Photo: 20th Century Fox

The first The Secret Life of Walter Mitty trailer has arrived and many are comparing what they're seeing to Forrest Gump and It's a Wonderful Life while Kevin over at The Playlist sees a little Life of Pi in the proceedings given the CGI emphasis. Personally, with the music and the shot selection (particularly at the beginning of the trailer) I get a bit of a Danny Boyle meets Wes Anderson vibe from it.

Starring and directed by Ben Stiller, the film centers on a timid LIFE magazine photo manager (Stiller) who lives life vicariously through daydreams and embarks on a true-life adventure when a negative goes missing. The film co-stars Kristen Wiig, Patton Oswalt, Shirley MacLaine, Adam Scott, Kathryn Hahn and Sean Penn and is set for a Christmas Day release.

There's a bit of Oscar talk surrounding this one and for more than just visual effects, but given the trailer is 98% music accompanying images I can't really tell what I think. How about you?

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Adu/ Adu

    Caught this on another website a few hours back and I gotta say it looks really really good.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/ Brad Brevet

      You cheated on me with another website?

      • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Mikey/ Mikey

        This actually made me cough up my drink laughing.

  • http://cinematicsystematic.blogspot.com thefutureofhollywood

    I thought this trailer was absolutely fantastic. Great use of the Of Monsters and Men song. Definitely get an Eternal Sunshine vibe to this. Can't wait for this one.

  • http://www.twitter.com/GregDinskisk GregDinskisk

    This seems really Kaufmanesque. Color me excited!

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/JimmyDiamies/ Jimmy Diamies

    Couldn't say whether or not it looks Oscar worthy but it was definitely a good trailer. Made me feel good watching it so hopefully it is a feel good movie and I imagine it is with the Christmas release date

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/JNFilms/ JN Films

    Been waiting for Stiller to do something like this for awhile now, and man this looks fantastic.

  • http://letterboxd.com/gman/ G-Man

    Yeah - not really sure what to think, but I'm intrigued.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Hudsucker/ Hudsucker

    Really good trailer. It's refreshing to see almost no dialogue in a modern film. Here's the short story: http://bnrg.eecs.berkeley.edu/~randy/mitty.html

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Ryguy815/ Ryguy815

    Looks really strange but really good at the same time. I just might see it.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/bridgetoash/ Nathan

    Whether or not this movie is good, the trailer was incredible. I think good trailers are an art form. This trailer told such a beautiful story in only 2 minutes. I haven't seen Only God Forgives, and I haven't heard anything good about it. But I really enjoyed watching that first trailer. Which might be better then ever watching the movie.

    • http://www.twitter.com/GregDinskisk GregDinskisk

      Relatively irrelevant here, but there are plenty of people that like/love Only God Forgives. On this site, I know there's at least Xarnis and I.

      • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/bridgetoash/ Nathan

        I plan on seeing it. Brad compared it's pacing to Valhalla Rising, which I wasn't too fond of. I will have to see for myself.

      • Bertram J. Krogh

        I gave it an A.

  • http://couchpotatodigest.blogspot.com Matt Taylor

    I really love this trailer. Some really stunning imagery and and interesting plot. This could be great.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Kessler/ Kessler

    Yeah, I don't really know what to think. The visuals look solid, but that's about it. I am a fan of Ben Stiller though, so I'm definitely still interested in it.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/andyluvsfilms/ andyluvsfilms

    Great trailer and fab music, i really hope the movie's good as Ben Stiller has been kind of off his game for a little while

  • http://www.rabidpictures.com Yaz

    Yeah caught this prior to The Wolverine. Was really intrigued by it. No idea what it's about, but striking visuals and with that alone I'm very interested.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Xarnis/ Xarnis

    I saw this trailer in front of The Wolverine. It looked great on the big screen. I'm looking forward to it, especially since it seems to have popped up out of nowhere (in my mind, at least)

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Hudsucker/ Hudsucker

    Will there be a Podcast today?

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Winchester/ Winchester

    I'm afraid I had to cheat. I couldn't get the trailer to play on my phone.

    Plusses..............I like the music playing over the teaser. I liked some of the imagery.

    Negatives...........I don't particularly like either Wiig or Stiller. So, I'm going to have to see how this goes as the release approaches.

  • P.

    The trailer is very reminiscent of the Where the Wild Things Are trailer, isn't it?

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Zevastian/ Zevastian

      I agree! I loved it specially because it reminded me of WTWTA!

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/maja/ maja

    Amazing trailer...someone else mentioned Only God Forgives above..these two are the best trailers I've seen this year by a country mile.

  • http://letterboxd.com/criterion10/ Criterion10

    I don't like Ben Stiller, but this could be interesting.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/lonelytourist/ lonelytourist

    What a great trailer! I'm quite excited for this now, let's hope it delivers.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/MovieFan/ Movie Fan

    It's weird cause I saw this on Saturday while waiting for The Wolverine and it looks intriguing

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/TheLastEquivocationofBrist/ TheLastEquivocationofBrist

    I'm not exactly sure how people can get "It's a Wonderful Life meets Forrest Gump!" out of a trailer with virtually no dialogue or exposition, but whatevs. If that chatter gets even one person who hasn't seen It's a Wonderful Life to watch it, that can't be a bad thing.

    If anything I agree with you Brad on Danny Boyle, partially because the music reminds me of 127 Hours.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Chris/ Chris

    Stiller has never directed a bad movie in my perspective. Tropic Thunder was actually one of my favorite of 2008. This trailer is really impressive and it's really interesting seeing Stiller direct what looks like a more dramatic piece.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/andyluvsfilms/ andyluvsfilms

    I wonder if Stiller's best work is now gonna be behind the camera as it has been recently with Affleck

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Corbin/ Corbin

    That looks really, very good.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/harrypottr66/ Ben Kelly

    I got to say that I think this may be a huge surprise of how many oscar nominations this movie could get

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/BishopSummers/ BishopSummers

    I've been fooled by a good trailer before. But color me interested.

  • http://moviereviewninja.com themoviewatcher

    Looks great with great use of music.