Walter Mitty Movie Vs Book

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I highly recommend watching the movie over reading the book of “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.” I enjoyed watching the movie more than I did reading the book for many reasons, some of which I will explain with this review. For me, one of the biggest reasons for not liking the book as much was because it was harder for me to tell whether main character Walter Mitty was day dreaming or not. I preferred the movie, where there were longer intervals between dreams and where they were easier to interpret. Overall, I found the movie easier to understand than the book. I became very “lost” throughout the book, at times, as situations didn’t make sense to me. I was more attentive while watching the movie than I was reading the book. The book’s plot line changed many times, while the movie’s plot stayed, relatively, the same. I had difficulty creating images, in my mind, of the story as I read it. Yet, in the movie, the action and imagery made it easy to comprehend.…show more content…
In the movie, Walter Mitty is single and trying to date a girl at work named Cheryl Melhoff. Cheryl is very kind and shows Walter utmost respect. Director Ben Stiller has Cheryl saying the following to Walter, “You should go, crack the case.” It’s because of Cheryl that Walter decides to go on a heroic trip. Dr. Stiller also had Mitty saying this about relationships, “To see the world…to find each other and to feel. That is the purpose of life.” On the contrary, Walter’s wife in the book is very mean and treats him unkindly. Book author James Thurber wrote a negative portrayal of the human race with a domineering Mrs. Mitty, and an unimpressive Walter Mitty. Thurber writes (as being said by Walter), “Walter Mitty the Undefeated, inscrutable to the

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