We’re squarely out of awards season – the hangers-on at the box office for the next few weeks are mostly like that dirty road-snow gunk that clogs the wheel wells in your car. Of course, a movie doesn’t have to score with the critics to show you a good time. Some of the movies I’ve […]

We’re squarely out of awards season – the hangers-on at the box office for the next few weeks are mostly like that dirty road-snow gunk that clogs the wheel wells in your car.

Of course, a movie doesn’t have to score with the critics to show you a good time. Some of the movies I’ve liked the most have been scraped like gum off the shoe of the film snobs.

Snubbed by just about everyone, “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” got the double-take treatment from me recently. I enjoyed it so much the first time; I watched it again, within weeks, with someone else.

Ben Stiller stars as Mitty in this remake of a 1947 classic starring Danny Kaye and based on a short story by James Thurber, published in The New Yorker in 1939. Mitty, a photo negative tech working on the final print edition of Life Magazine, takes daydreaming to the extreme – letting his fantasies invade his real life to the point that he shuts off, like a light, when his imagination switches on. A misplaced negative merges the fantasy with reality, taking Mitty on a spectacular and scenic adventure.

The 2013 and 1947 versions are only moderately alike. I’ll go out on a limb and say I like the remake better. Stiller plays a pretty solid everyman in extraordinary situations; and co-star Kristen Wiig is cute and charming, per usual. The movie itself is stunning, and dare say, inspirational.

VERDICT: Go ahead, have an adventure. You may still have a chance to catch this at Canton’s second-run Movies 10. If you miss it there, you’ll have to wait for the BluRay on April 15.