The Walk Movie Review

The Walk
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A visually stunning true story

 

The walk is a movie based on the true story of the French high-wire artist Philippe Petit. Philippe was considered a crazy person to plan on walking on a wire over the World Trade Centre twin towers during the seventies. Even crazier seems the idea of having a film made on a mad man’s dream. But is it really that crazy?

Robert Zemeckis is considered one of the pioneers of visual effects for the films. And based on the book “To Reach the Clouds” by Philippe he has spun a superb screenplay along with Christopher Browne that takes you through the life journey of this artist.

It starts in Paris, where Philippe follows Papa Rudy (Ben Kingsley) to learn wire walking. He also meets his two close accomplices Charlotte Le Bon and James Badge Dale there. How he plans and moves to New York, to finally make his dream come true is the story.

French tightrope walker Philippe Petit, 24, looks back at the photographer as he rests between walks across a cable stretched between New Yorkís World Trade Center towers high above the city on Wednesday, August 7, 1974. Petit crossed the cable twice and at one point, hung by his heels. The Frenchman and two assistants apparently hid in one of the towers and set the cable up before dawn, police said. (AP Photo/Alan Welner)
French tightrope walker Philippe Petit, 24, looks back at the photographer as he rests between walks across a cable stretched between New Yorkís World Trade Center towers high above the city on Wednesday, August 7, 1974. Petit crossed the cable twice and at one point, hung by his heels. The Frenchman and two assistants apparently hid in one of the towers and set the cable up before dawn, police said. (AP Photo/Alan Welner)

But this sounds much less exciting than the way it is shown in the film. Joseph Gordon Lewitt who plays Petit did actually trained with the real artist and performed quite a lot of his scenes that definitely bring authenticity. He even learnt French. The complete act is meticulously planned and it surely gives the heist/thriller genre to the movie. Partly there is intricate humor as well in the script and also a human drama that teaches you to break boundaries and salutes the man’s spirit. Not to forget the stunning visuals of the 70’s New York, when the towers were present and also the spectacular use of 3D that will make you dizzy at moments due to the sheer depth of the shots. I am putting my bets for an Oscar nomination for visual effects.

 

So all in all Zemeckis has successfully given us a film that we can cheer about and enjoy. His cinematographer Dariusz Wolski has done an exceptional job in painting the New York city on the silver screen. The score done by Alan Silvestri is soul stirring.

The only issue in the film in India could be the French accented English that dominates the complete movie.

The supporting cast of the film is full of talented actors and they all play their part with complete justice. The audience applauded at the climax of the film and that itself speaks of the audience verdict.

In the guise of this true story Zemeckis also gives the Twin Towers a much needed tribute that is a lot more effective than any other movie that came out post 9/11. I will recommend this to everyone who is not afraid of heights.

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