The Walk: Movie Review
“The Walk”, as its title may imply, is actually what makes or break the film. The final twenty minutes or so, where the actual walk between the Two Towers occur, is an exhilarating and immersive technical beast and probably will define it for years to come. Unfortunately, the rather pedestrian and less than spectacular first half couldn't keep pace with its marvelous second.
Twelve men have walked on the moon but only one man has ever walked between the World Trade Center towers. August 7, 1974 – the day before Richard Nixon announced he would be resigning from office – Philippe Petit (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), a French aerialist, surprised the city of New York with a high-wire walk between the towers of the almost-completed and partially occupied World Trade Center towers. This is a tale of how a young dream became reality and how the impossible became possible more than four decades ago.
"The Walk" opens up with a bang. It's story being told by its central character, Philippe Petit, being played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt as he tells and narrates us how his "walk" was accomplished - from childhood to the actual execution of it. Philippe goes in and out throughout the film to be its narrator. It is something unconventional in our books and it was something that pique our interest further. It also made it more personal and more real, as if the true Philippe was telling us his life story. In connection with this, Joseph Gordon-Levitt also gave one outstanding performance as Philippe Petit. He was able to playfully mix Philippe's childish yet maddening determination to accomplish the impossible. What separates "The Walk" though is its "walk" sequence. Robert Zemeckis' vision of it was simply astounding. It is something to behold and something to experience first hand - especially in the biggest and loudest screen you can get in 3D. It is rare when a film gets immersion as perfectly as "The Walk" did. Sadly, the only gripe we had is the film's build-up to the walk. It feels like a heist film but less the actual mechanics. Overall, “The Walk” turns out to be as outlandish and as marvelous as its central character. It may be mostly a crude yet unrelenting vision in the beginning but the wait in the end is definitely worth it.
Rating: 4 reels
Why you should watch it:
- this is the perfect film to experience in the biggest and loudest screen you can get especially in 3D
- Gordon-Levitt nails his role as Philippe Petit
Why you shouldn't watch it:
- the first half was a slight letdown
Photos courtesy of "Columbia Pictures".
Labels 3D, autobiography, Ben Kingsley, Ben Schwartz, Charlotte Le Bon, drama, James Badge Dale, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, movie review, Philippe Petit, Robert Zemeckis, Steve Valentine, The Walk