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HP1's Film Workshop: THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY

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HoustonProductions1 (1 year ago)
It's finally here! Sorry about all the confusion with the upload, guys. YouTube's copyright claim system can be really exasperating at times. Here's hoping it stays up - I've submitted a dispute reminding the studio that it's fair use, and if they're reasonable (which I think they will be), the video should be here to stay.
Zachdirects (7 months ago)
Please take a look at Brad's Status, another great Ben Stiller movie.
Krambir (11 months ago)
I love you interpretation of the final magazine cover. Personally, I took Shawn's ghost cat comment to mean it was something fleeting or intangible. Then when Walter presents negative 25/ the negative to Ted and has his little comeback/insult turnaround from earlier in the movie it more seriously effects Ted (like you know, a Human) and he decides to make the cover we get to see instead. To me this is supported by the earlier assumption made about the meaning of Shawn's explanation of negative 25, calling it a ghost cat, meaning its narrative of some kind of human goodness or kindness. Thus Ref sees the negative and does an act of kindness to Walter and the others he's affecting. This also could be supported by the themes of people growing and bettering themselves throughout the movie. Either way I thoroughly enjoyed your interpretation of this movie and I agree with your disagreement of the rotten tomatoes rating for this movie, I even found a few reviews on there that Basicly were like "0% because Ben Stiller." I think if people were willing to give it another chance they would see it for the gem that it is. Also this is definitely my favorite movie of all time, so thank you for reviewing it. Frankly I would love to talk to someone else that enjoys it so much, so be able to hear someone able to rant about it and its quality kind of made my day, Thank you
Nick Cr0mpt0m (1 year ago)
HoustonProductions1 maybe u could do a one on Whiplash
Stoonios (1 year ago)
Yea ive tried using that vhs effect to hide copyright and stuff and it doesnt work ;-;
Jesse Welch (1 year ago)
HoustonProductions1 I've always loved this movie too! Thanks for making this video!
waltermh111 (1 day ago)
I didnt even think about product placement when I watched the movie. It was so well integrated, that you just felt that it belonged. Genius. As for the meaning of the movie, it is a movie. What is so bad about a generic and simplistic story if it is done well and makes its point. You can never say the message too many times if it is one that needs to be said to each new generation. Again, as long as it is well done, I dont need it to be complicated or unique, I just need to feel it, to care about it. But I am not a critic. Meh
waltermh111 (1 day ago)
I am surprised the audience score is so low. 70 is only average :( I am not a critic so to me it is a perfect film. That is, good enough and to me, without anything worth nitpicking about, that I have no reason to complain. And I am quite the analytical person. But maybe it is because, without anything bluntly bad about it, it touched me so emotionally that I was crying for half of the movie. Maybe because it connects with me a lot. I have had adventures, and I lived it for years. But then I am back in the USA for over 2 years now, and have been struggling for around 3, to get back to that dream life. I know I need to be on my current path, but it is all to set myself up to get back to where I belong. I think I saw this maybe 2 years ago, when I was back in the US. Now I am seeing it again. I havent traveled for over a year now, focusing so hard on my goal, but very frustrated with the work needed. I am finally at a point where I am at the second to last step needed and I can finally travel again soon, hopefully next month. But this movie again makes me think, what do I need to do when I travel. I want to push myself again. Climb another mountain, waterfall, or something crazy. Some of my best memories are doing so long ago. I need to do it again, to remind myself that there is still life in me. Of what I am working toward.
miklevideo (1 day ago)
Hola amigo! first comment in Spanish as I see. you must transmite this man! Soy de México y no tenía más que una fugaz recuerdo de que este título salió, Ahora veré la película. llegué a tu canal por casualidad serendipity, y me parece genial, ahora quedaste asociado en mi mente a este film que buscaré ver y pasar a mis alumnos de una materia de universidad, de Cine en Querétaro, si un día traduces esto, sepas que vi tu video y me sorprendió la calidad que manejas, además me perdí una hora leyendo comentarios. La película será un complemento a tu review, thank you
Zyplox (3 days ago)
I didnt even notice the product placements - Thats how organic it is
Yamin4-Studios (7 days ago)
Thank you.
Justin Lowery (21 days ago)
Thanks for all the hard work you put into this! The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is one of my favorite movies of all time. The more I study it the more details it seems to hold. I relate especially strongly with both Walter and Sean in that I grew up as a nerdy kid into science and bikes in a tiny town in the middle of nowhere, but now am a wilderness nature photographer (who still shoots film). I keep a copy of this movie on my phone and watch it on a lot of my solo camping trips when out in the field creating images. It serves as an inspiration and a reminder of why I’m out there. Thanks for shedding more light on this great film and sharing it with others! I agree, it deserves to be seen and appreciated more.
DarkCity94 (21 days ago)
Beautiful movie. I just finished rewatching it ❤️
timskinnercanada (22 days ago)
Insightful analysis! Well done.
Out-Of-Context (23 days ago)
8:27 Nice touch on the colour red and blue. But I like to add one thing BLUE is the colour of his backback. WHY? THink about it. Our past we carry with our self like a backpack. His past is a part of him and will never leave him. And most importantly it help you remind of who you were and who you become. Same with Papa jhones. Its mostly red and it is depicted as something bad from his past. Hence why he does not like to wear red colours at the first half. But later on it does not matter cos he finally lets go of his past and lives on. Pretty cool if you think about it
Marjan (27 days ago)
I love this movie too, for the exact same reasons. Also; can we talk about the great cinematography?
jpstenino (1 month ago)
Ben Stiller is crap
Steve Fulton (1 month ago)
One of my favorite movies.
Jeff Fulton (1 month ago)
EXACTLY! You did a fantastic job. The craft it took to make this film was overlooked ... and the Ghost Cat is an awesome allusion.
Jeff Fulton (1 month ago)
Some of the fantasy sequences didn't hit. but it was one of my favorite films of all time also. I can watch it any time it comes on.
muhammad jazidi (1 month ago)
I love this movie very much, and see this make me love this movie more... Its make me thinking that walter mitty really dedicated to all people that the "ghost cat" in big company. Even the product placement seem so smart. I mean this dedicated to people that work in place like papa John, that internet date site, or many other company. The people that seem not so important for us, the costumer, but they have life to. Like all of us..... Oh God, i need to watch this again....
VSNS.byjake (1 month ago)
Easily my favorite movie.
Mythili Venugopal (1 month ago)
Amazing video
polelot (1 month ago)
this movie is a ghost cat. ironic
JRGJRG (2 months ago)
What does this have to do with the original Thurber classic? Why call it Walter Mitty?
Dave O'Connor (2 months ago)
I loved this movie.
Uranium4ever (2 months ago)
This is one of the only movies I’ve ever watched where after watching it for the first time, I thought it was near perfect. The cinematography is absolutely beautiful, resemblant of Anthony Bourdain parts unknown
Mr Temporal (2 months ago)
His tie is blue
Some Guy (2 months ago)
This video is as underrated as the movie you reviewed
Andrea Karsouma (2 months ago)
Thanks for the amazing video HoustonProductions1 :) I'm curious,have you read the book?
Poot Potatoes (2 months ago)
I don't know why, but I loved this movie. When I think of it I think of Taking a big breath of Clean Crisp Air.
FARAZ KHAN (2 months ago)
Thank you for making this video man, appreciated..
John Stanly (3 months ago)
I thought I was the only one who loved this movie. I can't believe I had never seen this video of yours.
Troy Lai (3 months ago)
Thank you for this video May you be well and happy~
Kyle Patton Productions (3 months ago)
anyone else think that this movie is also like the ghost cat, “beautiful things don’t ask for attentions.”
aetherfukz (3 months ago)
Man this was beautiful. Can't believe you make such eloquent videos at such a young age already. Subbed!
Eye Glitches (3 months ago)
When I watched this, I loved it, I was about 10 years old, and watched it with my family and we all thought it was great. Later when I got into film, I looked at the RT score, and yelled, WHAT? My parents rushed in, and I showed him the score, they were shocked, and until this day I have never figured out why people didn’t like it.
Robert Ri (15 days ago)
Because they cant see the deaper meaning and only search for a hour and a half long shallow blockbuster
Enzo Capun (3 months ago)
thank you so much, really detailed review. im gonna watch it again with other eyes
Arthur Reign (3 months ago)
Irony?
Ashley Hester (4 months ago)
Also thanks for giving some extra depth into a movie that's already one of my favorites. I never really paid attention to the red detail or connected that HE was the ghost cat. ^_^
Ashley Hester (4 months ago)
Thank you for making this video! I had a connection with this film from the first time I even watched the preview of this dude always lost in his imagination and i turned to my husband in the theater and was like wow this is me! I grew up wanting to be a traveler and photographer but always find myself afraid of stepping out so this movie and soundtrack always inspire me when I need it most. I like the slow and thoughtful progression of this film and dont think its pretentious at all. In fact I always thought it was the opposite. I think the humor is rather humble and doesn't feel forced. The product placement never really even crossed my mind bc who has never eaten as at pappa johns or had to work fast food or knew someone who tried online dating. The only one that felt slightly random was cinnamon but that's bc it didn't really tie back into the script but even so you have to eat somewhere in an airport so it's not completely out of place. I guess what I'm getting at is that products tie it back into the real world and actually make it some what relatable. Anyways it always did bother me that this movie is not well liked but maybe it's hard for people to get if they have never truly experienced a sense of wanderlust.
Andrea Feucht (4 months ago)
First time I watched the extended trailer, I choked up and KNEW I was ready to quit my job. Sure, it was the right timing, but it's a powerful movie about getting OUT into your own life and seeing whatever beauty you can.
Mac Carrera (4 months ago)
you just say everything that i thougt of this movie, this film have a little part in my heart for personal reasons, thanks :)
Lyra Alma (4 months ago)
Saw Ben Stiller on the poster when this came out, passed on it. Saw your channel. Saw you liked this, so downloaded it without watching your review. Watched it, really enjoyed it. Not enough to say it's my number one, but enough to order it on amazon. Arrives after nearly a month (blame Taiwanese customs) Remembered you made this vid. Watched your vid. You summed up it's traits precisely. Very good work.
sunshineluvr12 (4 months ago)
THANK YOU!! I love this movie, rotten tomatoes is so wrong!!! Just subscribed!! Thank you again.
stephone htc (4 months ago)
Merci pour cette présentation d'un film à part, capable de parler personnellement à chaque personne sensible, impliquée dans sa vie et celle de son entourage ;-) This movie talked to me too, a lot ...
Kris Stewart (4 months ago)
Thanks for a well thought out review and recommendation of a movie I have always really liked for a few years now. I had the good luck to visit Iceland and Greenland last month and that just added more to my appreciation of this film and the care taken to tell its story. Thanks for your thoughts
Camille Clogston (4 months ago)
Thanks for doing this gem some justice 👏🏽
Gavin Dransfield (4 months ago)
THANK YOU! So glad I’m not the only one who adores this movie and can’t understand why critics ragged on it. Excellent video <3
CHAI KOOI KOK (5 months ago)
Thanks for the explanation :)
HansJacob Østerø (5 months ago)
Loved this movie too! :) The scenes that stuck with me the most were ofcourse the ending... but also the skateboard scene with her kid... really thought that was a day dream! :D ... lots of layers to this movie and stuff that really resonates with me personally :) I day dream of going on the adventure he went on :D haha Ben Stiller is fantastic in this movie.
Beastinvader (5 months ago)
You only missed one thing. In the beginning Cheryl talked about how she went to a class on on writing detective novels. Then, on viewing the film a second time, you see the blatant clues left everywhere. Like the photo negative of water fading into the scene of Walter sitting by the fountain. Clearly they are implying that that photo WAS the water. The obsession with the piano, the cake that his mother talked about and the sailors ate, it all all makes sense in the second watching.
Beastinvader (5 months ago)
Awesome video man!
X achillees (5 months ago)
Great Video
alphatheta777 (5 months ago)
THANK YOU ! I was born the same year as Israel (which makes me as old as a country) so I've watch from Chaplin to Deadpool 2. This unlikely jewel dropped straight into my top few {which includes City Lights (Chaplin), City of Lost Children, Sullivan's Travels, and of course Danny Kaye's OTHER gem, Court Jester} I concur with your analysis to the letter! If you can find "Morgan A Suitable Case For Treatment" it also uses the motif of daydreaming, but to a more surreal effect. Also worthy of a search: (I'm still looking) "The Optimists of Nine Elms"; as with Mitty, an overlooked treasure about a 'small man', and in my view Peter Seller's finest role. Happy hunting! OH!, and American Pop; the animated feature by Ralph Bakshi.... the are so many hiding out there.
Ky Law (5 months ago)
This video is obviously underrated.
Jessica Rabbit (5 months ago)
Awesome review, you did a great job... I loved what you said ‘cos I just loved this movie too- I cried at the end... it was excellent
amir hossein taheri (6 months ago)
You reviewed and mentioned really great points 👌🏻
Benjamin Kennedy (6 months ago)
Also the plane Walter takes to Greenland is red
Benjamin Kennedy (6 months ago)
One of my top films for sure!
Michael O'Connell (6 months ago)
I’m not sure why this wasn’t mentioned but his eyes are brown through the film but when he daydreams/does something exciting they turn blue
waterywingz (6 months ago)
Awesome review of an awesome movie. Thank u for bringing so many details to my attention 💙 luv the movie even more now 🙂🙂
Lena Randall (7 months ago)
I needed this video! Some of these things i noticed but didnt really know why or what they meant. Also one of my favs of all time. Whenever i watch it i have like too much motivation
Michael Darbinian (7 months ago)
i agree with everything you said. the reason people did not take it seriously was just because of ben stiller's resume of past films.
Arturo Bustos (7 months ago)
This movie is by far the most inspirational movie ive ever seen. Be a ghost cat, be free.
BordaJumpa956 (8 months ago)
After the first 15 seconds, the VCR effects were absolutely unwelcomed.
Annie ♡ (9 months ago)
❤ ❤ ❤
Tempus Viator (10 months ago)
Thank you for making this video. Really.
Than Empire (10 months ago)
Love this movie, but you made me appreciate it much much more :D
Hunter Brandon (10 months ago)
Still one of my favorite workshop/video essays ever
Miguel Grad (10 months ago)
good review
Jeffrey Kemp (10 months ago)
All through your essay I'm thinking, "Yes". "Yes". "Yep". Well done.
Valjean88 (11 months ago)
Thank you so much! Everything you said was the truth! Great film!
ThatsFor Jo (11 months ago)
This video alone made me subscribe. Nice job.
Ashok Aayar (11 months ago)
Thank you so much for making this video!!!!☺️☺️☺️ So glad to hear the movie resonating the same way as it did to me. Kudos to Ben Stiller and Co👍👍
Ennis Jack (11 months ago)
Please do a workshop of this movie In The Mood for Love by Wong Kar Wai
The Crimson Drummer (11 months ago)
I'm honestly surprised you don' t have more subs, your production quality and structure are through the roof.
The Crimson Drummer (11 months ago)
I watched this after watching your video and definitely enjoyed it. Not a great film, but definitely worth at least one watch and has a worthwhile message.
Anthony Dean (11 months ago)
I really loved this movie from when it first came out to it's position in my collection. Glad you broke it down so i could see it again and understand even more wonderful things about it.
TheCelineMarie (11 months ago)
It's also one of my favourite films! Inspired me to travel to Iceland this year. Great video!!
Dan the homosapien (1 year ago)
Definitely one of my favorite movies too. The visuals and humor are great, and it easily makes my top 10 favorite films of all time. (And that fight over Stretch Armstrong was just the best)
Iced Shadow (1 year ago)
......thanks......for showing me.......
Sora Everblue (1 year ago)
I know it's reeeaally late but i just wanna say THANK YOU VERY MUCH. this is one of my favorite films but anyone i know just hate on this movie because they said that the character's motivation doesn't make sense and not well calculated, the film isn't realistic, etc. I mean, of course it's not that realistic, the guy daydreams a lot! I first like this film because of the beautiful longboarding scene and the cinematography, but gradually fallen in love because of the somehow atmospheric music that accompany the journey, and somehow i can personally relate much to walter's character especially to his constant daydreaming (it's like also there's an admiration for walter because of his seemingly bad calculated decisions, i think it also speaks greatly about walter's sense of adventure, also his development into a person who's willing to steps out of his daily life and take risks), and idk i just feel this "warmth" in my heart everytime i watch this movie and i love it (sorry this comment got a bit long)
Mladen Tasovac (1 year ago)
Watched this right when it came out. Before this movie, I hated all “cold” countries. I hated Iceland. And after watching it, I dream of those countries. I daydream like Walter in this movie. Such a good movie really. And today I watched it the second time and saw much more it had to offer. Really one of top five movies for me.
banzay123 (1 year ago)
thank you for this video. i love this movie, and this video helped me appreciate it even more. keep up the awesome work!
xoxoNateJennyxoxo (1 year ago)
I've always loved this film. The cinematography and soundtrack are great, and as a pretty unassuming person myself who daydreams about a more exciting life, the idea that there's beauty in even the most seemingly mundane things has always resonated with me.
Lisette Reeves (1 year ago)
I loved this movie 🤗
Water Fox (1 year ago)
Honestly couldn’t agree more. This is also one of my favorite movies as well
jeff AE086 (1 year ago)
Everyone day dream, if you don't something is wrong with you.
Siah Humphrey (1 year ago)
Dang...I think I need to watch Walter Mitty again.
Black Mage Anolis (1 year ago)
I think what's interesting to me about The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is that I myself was enraptured by it when I first saw it, but then it kinda lost its favor with me, what with everyone else I knew not really liking it. But thinking on it, I think it's kind of important as sort of a "baby's first analysis" film. Its messages aren't all that layered or buried, but there's a level of subtle sophistication going on behind the scenes that makes you want to unpack the movie, see not only how the story and character support the themes but everything else, too. Either way, it gets people to become more film-literate, and media literacy is always a good thing in my books.
Riley Van Cleve (1 year ago)
This is my favorite movie of all time and you managed to put all my thoughts about it into words. Just, wow. I love this damn movie so much.
Lauren Carlson (1 year ago)
This is my favorite movie; you hit the nail on the head with this. Thanks for the great analysis.
cureatdawn (1 year ago)
Thank you for this
tom clark (1 year ago)
I thought I was the only one in the world who loved, loved, loved this movie.
Man, I loved this review! I absolutely LOVE this movie, and the part at the end, when you talk about Walter, The Ghost Cat was just--- right to the heart. Great insight. I loved how you put it! Great work!
Gravity Works (1 year ago)
I agree!!! This is one of my favorite movies of the past decade. It is beautiful and fun to watch. I also like the music.
Eyewanders Foto (1 year ago)
Your analysis of this film is right on, guy. I've been defending this flick for years now and what's strange is most people I know eventually agree completely.. we're just stuck with a bunch of rotten reviews out there. But maybe that's fine. Every cult classic starts that way. At the end of the day, this is one of those very rare films that I will put on and watch at least once every few months and enjoy it just as much each time. There are not many that pull that off, at least in my secret life. Thanks, Ben.
Pokemon TEN (1 year ago)
this was AMAZING
NimTV (1 year ago)
You’ve convinced me. I wanna see this movie now
NimTV (1 year ago)
You’ve convinced me. I wanna see this movie now
NimTV (1 year ago)
You’ve convinced me. I wanna see this movie now
Peter XYZ (1 year ago)
You, sir: FUCKING BADASS! 👍🏼👍🏼❤️👍🏼❤️👍🏼❤️👍🏼❤️👍🏼❤️👍🏼. Love this film, love your take on it, love your response to the critics! I sub
Tcof (1 year ago)
Found this video, subscribe. you because i found you speak same voice in this.
Trainingstar114 (1 year ago)
Idk how people could hate this movie, I feel like this movie gave such an amazing message that I think everyone can undeniably take away from this.

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