The season's buzziest films from 'Attila' to 'Zero'
7. “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”
Director: Ben Stiller
Stars: Ben Stiller, Kristen Wiig, Sean Penn, Shirley MacLaine
Festivals: New York
Why we're excited: Look, it's not as if Ben Stiller has no track record as a director. People tend to forget he made Generation X touchstone “Reality Bites” before he was a star. And I've seen and guffawed through “Zoolander” more times than I care to count. But even taking that into account, the trailer for his remake of the 1947 Danny Kaye classic was a bit of a jaw-dropper. The apparent visual and thematic breadth of this whimsical romantic fantasy, in which Stiller's office nebbish chases his dream girl through lavish daydreams – isn't exactly what one immediately associates with the funnyman's output. There are a lot of elements that could go wrong here, but it's that riskiness that makes the film so intriguing. An exclusive spotlight premiere at the NYFF, meanwhile, is a big vote of confidence.
- Guy Lodge