In my opinion, A MUST WATCH in 3D, but not for an acrophobic.
Robert Zemeckis, the man who gave us Forrest Gump, The Flight, Back To The Future and a list of such enthralling entertainers is back again, and what a splendid way to walk into the minds of the audience with such a stellar visualisation of the 1973 walk of Philippe Petit, who can be best described as an insane French ‘wire walker’ who walked between the void of the World Trade Towers, NYC and created history.
That is it, I have told you the story!
Yes, that’s the whole story. Why I am amazed is because the film is such a sheer genius, giving the audience not even a single moment to lose attention during its entire running duration of 2hrs and 3 mins. The original documentary, based on the same event called Man On Wire by James Marsh, was released in 2008 which won several awards and was narrated by Petit himself. It was shot like a heist film that showed rare footages of preparations and real photographs. The Walk is inspired by both these work of arts and is a more commercial adaptation of the daredevil act.
Joseph Gordon Levitt as Philippe Petit has given his career’s best so far. He performed as if this movie was the reason why he became an actor. The actor completely went under the skin of his character and not only showed us but made us feel that insanity, the mood swings, the emotions an artist who think beyond ordinary goes through. It is a stunningly well delivered performance by Mr. Levitt .
The Walk is not only about Philippe but all his ‘accomplices’ who help him to successfully finish this illegal affair that he named as the COUP. Papa Rudy is one such character played by the maestro Sir Ben Kingsley, who brings more realism to Philippe’s story. He is a mentor, trainer, guide, coach and a father figure to Philippe. At one point he tells Philippe that, “Once on stage you can never lie to the audience.” And neither Philippe did nor does the director or any other actor lie throughout the move. They have performed with honesty and it shows in their craft.
True to its name The Walk not only shows one or two, but a total of 8 wire walks that were performed by Philippe on that historical day. Philippe is helped by some really crazy recruits, people whom he calls, accomplice. A beautiful woman Annie (Charlotte Le Bon), who is also his love interest and first accomplice, encourages him to do what he desires to. James Badge Dale plays the role of his friend and official photographer Jean, who sticks around him till the end.
This movie is not only a homage to all the artists around the world but also to the magnificent towers on which The Walk actually happened.
It is a type of film that no matter who you are you will end up finding a reason to appreciate it. It shows love, craziness, friendships, suspense, fear, calmness and above all “The Walk” on a steel cable above the 110 stories of the towers with no safety harness or net below to protect.
As the movie enters the second half, The Walk literally gets off the ground. The camera angles make you shiver and cringe. It makes you shut your eyes or look away from the screen as it makes you feel like you are walking along with the ‘wire walker’. The spectacular cinematography by Dariusz Wolski makes you believe that real stories make for a better spectacle than fantasies.
The Walk ends with a line that acts as the tribute to the lost towers without being sentimental