The mere passing of time has a funny way of evolving the things in our daily lives. Add in the fact that humans have long proven they will innovate to varying degrees (and yes, I am aware of The Dark Ages) during a certain amount of time. Whether in days, weeks, months, years or decades, familiar things change. Incentives arise. Reality is altered for the future. This can pertain to a myriad of items or even entire environments.
It can also involve stories.
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is not a new story by any stretch of the imagination. However, the version known to a particular generation varies. For instance, there are two movies derived from the famous James Thurber short story of 1939 of the same name, one in 1947 and one recently released in 2013.
Same title, different interpretation.
Part of this distinction between the two major motion pictures is due to the year it was produced and the world we lived in and are currently living in at the moment. Another prominent factor is not only the technology available, but also filmmakers trying to define who Walter Mitty would be back then and today. Where would he live? What would he do for a career? What or who does he dream about and why?
Below are two trailers for the two film adaptations of the Thurber classic.
Same character, different time.
Do you know a Walter Mitty? Are you Walter Mitty?
Only time will tell.
FYI: Friday is a pretty good day to find out either way…
P.S. Walter Mitty in 2013 is well-worth daydreaming about in a movie theater for a couple hours.