Sky Movies Drama: Sunday 14 June, 9.45pm
Ben Stiller ‘reimagines’ James Thurber’s daydreaming hero as a nerdy nonentity. He zones out. A lot. This doesn’t seem to bother office colleague Kristen Wiig. Danny Kaye’s colourful 1947 comedy might have made a manic mess of Thurber’s satirical source story, but at least it never forgot to be funny. Stiller’s sadsack version – virtually a passive-aggressive vanity project – has big 21st century CGI fantasies but his mirthless character goes way beyond simple pathos into cringe-making pathetic. It’s like some weird focus-grouped hybrid of bits and pieces from two iffy Tom Hanks films: Forrest Gump and Joe vs the Volcano. Eat. Drink. Pray it’s funny. Good luck with that. Emphatically whimsical and sentimental, it’s the curious case of pushing all the wrong buttons.