Try new things, nothing we ever do is without an element of risk.
I paid 10,000kip ($2.50) at the entrance of the cave to rent a headlight. I’ve never been scared of the dark or small places. This cave was everything you’d expect pitch black, slippery ground and razor sharp stalactites. My first thought was after 5 minutes of walking was this probably isn’t good idea, especially since I’m on my own. Yes, I’ll admit it I was scared! I mustered up the courage and kept walking over loose bamboo bridges, following the red arrows spray painted on the walls.
I finally reach the end of the cave. Satisfied that I’d achieved something for the day I made my way back to the entrance. A cave probably isn’t the best place for someone such as myself whose got a terrible sense of direction so inevitably I got lost. I went down a path that I thought led back to the entrance, slipped down a hill and hit both shins on a rock! An hour later (felt more like 3 hours) I’d exit the same way I came in covered in mud, shaking and bleeding from my shin.
Meet new people
Every time I pack my bag and get on a plane, bus or train, there is an element of fear which I haven’t got used to yet. Most of the time it’s a new place, new people, new food and sometimes new language. And that’s the reason I travel.
The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty is a story about overcoming your fears. In the opening scene Walter tries to leave a wink for coworker and the object of his affections Cheryl Melhoff (Kristen Wiig) via E Harmony dating website. But his dating profile is incomplete. Walter hasn’t done anything in his life to justify adding to the ‘been there, done that’ section.
Walter’s worked at Life Magazine for 16 years and processes the film rolls that are sent in by photographers. Life is due to publish it’s last paper issue as it moves onto an online platform. Ted Hendricks (Adam Scott), Walter’s new temporary boss. He isn’t the nicest person in the world and takes advantage of Walter’s good nature.
The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty is set in modern times but from the bland clothes he wears and his basic apartment you’d be fouled into thinking it’s set in the 70’s. However this is about to change!
Visit new places
Sean O’Connell (Sean Penn) is a freelance photographer and has worked closely with Walter for a number of years, although they have never met in person. Sean sends a film negative to Walter to be used on the cover of the last issue but it’s gone missing.
Throughout the film Walter daydreams about romantic moments with Cheryl and telling Hendricks exactly what he think of him but does not have the courage to make his thoughts a reality.
Walter enlists the help of Cheryl to track down O’Oconnell. The first clue leads Walter to Greenland. Walter will take this one small step and realise that once he is out of his comfort zone the world is full of fascinating people and places.
Each time Walter gets closer to finding O’Connell he receives a call from Todd, he adds each new adventure to his dating profile making him much more appealing to potential other suiters.
I wanted to like this film a lot more than I did. I’m not a big fan of the Ben Stiller school of comedy. I can understand the comparisons that have been made with Forrest Gump but they are very minor. Tom Hanks is amazing in Forrest Gump and Ben Stiller is mediocre in The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty. I’d go so far as to say he was ‘under acting’. This would have been a much better film if it was directed by Ron Howard.
On my travels I’ve met people of all different ages. In today’s world we are obsessed with youth and achieving success early in life. The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty proves that it’s never too late to do anything.