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The Secret Life of Walter Mitty Trailers, New and (Decades) Old

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Ben Stiller generally plays either an over-confident ass or a total nebbish – directing himself in the newest adaptation of James Thurber’s The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, he can theoretically do both. Instead, however, it looks like he’s mostly interested in channeling Michel Gondry and turning the escapist humor of the book into an art film.

First, let’s look at the trailer for the 1947 movie adaptation starring Danny Kaye. It’s pretty much the sort of thing I imagined when reading excerpts from the book in elementary school:

Then, after the jump, Stiller’s version, barely recognizable as remotely the same thing…yet very potentially cool in its own way.

The story ought, in many ways, to make for the quintessential nerd movie. Do you think it will? Or did it already hit the mark 60+ years ago?

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Luke Y. Thompson has been writing professionally about movies and pop-culture since 1999, and has also been an actor in some extremely cheap culty and horror movies you will probably never hear much about (he is nonetheless mostly proud of them, as he met his wife on one). As editor of The Robot's Voice since 2012, he can take the blame for the majority of the site's content, all of which he creates because he loves you very, very much. (Although he loves nachos more. Sorry.) Prior to TRV, Luke wrote for publications that include the New Times LA, Los Angeles CityBeat, E! Online, OC Weekly, Geekweek, GeekChicDaily, The L.A. Times, The Village Voice, LA Weekly, and Nerdist