DVD releases of the week
Ben Keenan on the best DVD releases of the week.
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
Walter Mitty has a quiet life as the day-dreaming negative manager working at LIFE Magazine, until his world is turned upside-down by Sean Penn's charismatic globe-trotting photographer and a nasty corporate bully, played with relish by Parks and Recreation's Adam Scott. The story begins and ends predictably, but it meanders through stunning visual touches.
While the cinematography and production design are fantastic, sometimes the graphic touches can be over the top and the daydreaming sequences aren't as fun as they ought to be.
Thankfully, its tenderness and spectacle save it from mediocrity.
The eponymous meat truck driver is an affable underachiever who, in his youth, donated prodigiously to a sperm bank and is now faced with a lawsuit from 142 of his 533 children seeking to find his identity.
There are light moments and feel-good montages, even some decent slapstick, but they lie uneasily next to moribund sequences and screams of a remake that lost the original in translation.
The film features Simon Delaney and Jack Reynor, who more than hold their own next to Vince Vaughan and an underused Chris Pratt.
First published in INSIDER Magazine, exclusive to Thursday's Irish Independent