It’s that time of the year again when Automattic flies all of us from our 70 different countries around the world to one place for our annual Grand Meetup. Located at the southern end of Africa as I am, that means quite a lot of flying for me – around 21 hours flight time, with 33 hours total travel time for me this time around.
Being stuck in an uncomfortable chair with a stranger in your lap and a man-spreader digging his elbows into your ribs, you do what you can to maintain your sanity. For me, that’s making full use of the in-flight entertainment system to catch up on some movies.
Here’s what I watched on my way to Orlando, and what I thought:
Short version: I thought Frozenwas terribly overrated. Much like Pixar’s Brave it simply did not live up to the hype that was created beforehand. And I really can’t see why everyone is so excited about Let It Go. (Okay. Those of you who are uninterested in my reasons for saying this may now go troll the comment thread. But please watch the video at then end of the post before you do.)
When I saw the preview for The Secret Life of Walter Mitty my first thought was, “Not another Ben Stiller film.” (I feel the same way about him that most people apparently feel about Adam Sandler – I’ll grudgingly admit he had made a couple of good films, but most of the time he just irritates me.) However, thirty seconds later I was, “I’ve got to see this movie!” It did not disappoint.
The film is based on the short story with the same name written by American author James Thurber in 1939. Thurber’s Mitty is an elderly gentleman driving his wife to the hairdresser’s. During the trip he has five episodes where he daydreams that he’s busy with something else. Specifically, in each daydream he is someone doing something exceptional, each time inspired by the mundane activity he’s performing in the real world. Continue reading “KokkieH Reviews The Secret Life of Walter Mitty“→
We don’t watch television that much. We don’t have satellite (it’s just not worth the cost and we don’t have cable in SA) and the public broadcaster in South Africa is not worth watching most of the time (unless you really like soapies, infomercials local rip-offs of various reality shows and unscripted teen chat shows). We pay our TV licence like good law-abiding citizens, but we don’t really get our money’s worth. But sometimes the SABC surprises us with a worthwhile offering.