Main Plot Points:
- Philippe Petit (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), guided by his real-life mentor, Papa Rudy (Ben Kingsley), is aided by an unlikely band of international recruits, who overcome long odds, betrayals, dissension and countless close calls to conceive and execute their mad plan.
- Robert Zemeckis, the master director of such marvels as Forrest Gump, Cast Away, Back to the Future, Polar Express and Flight, again uses cutting edge technology in the service of an emotional, character-driven story. With innovative photorealistic techniques and IMAX® 3D wizardry, The Walk is genuine big-screen cinema, a chance for moviegoers to viscerally experience the feeling of reaching the clouds.
- It is also one of the more rare live-action films that is a PG-rated, all-audience entertainment for moviegoers 8 to 80 – and a true story to boot. It is unlike anything audiences have seen before, a love letter to Paris and New York City in the 1970s, but most of all, to the Towers of the World Trade Center.
What We Thought:
- I really wanted to love The Walk, but ultimately I thought it was just alright.
- I think my biggest issue with the film is the voiceover. Joseph Gordon-Levitt as his character stands on the Statue of Liberty and talks about himself and the events leading up to the walk and I didn’t really like it. I found it unnecessary and it didn’t help move the story along. You could just figure out what was happening by watching. He also has a French accent which isn’t too bad, but you still just see it as Joseph Gordon-Levitt with a French accent.
- The first half of the film is quite slow as well. The name of the movie is The Walk, I want to see this big event. But the film opens up in France and gives some backstory and it’s kind of a different tone than the rest of the film. The second half is tense and suspenseful, the first half is slapstick-y and comedic.
- But once it gets to the second half, when they get to New York to set up the walk, it’s pretty tense. JGL gets his accomplices and cases the Twin Towers so he can figure out how to get his equipment up there and if it’s possible to walk across.
- Then there’s the actual walk. Sure it’s 100% fake CGI because not only would they never let someone do a stunt like that for a film, but as well all know, those buildings are no longer with us. Even with the fake CGI, it’s still quite a marvel to see.
- I saw the film in IMAX 3D. I don’t think the 3D is necessary, but the size and scope of the film is amazing in IMAX. The sky, the wire, the buildings, the panning around and up and down is pretty awe inspiring.
- I’m curious to see how people react to the movie because of the Twin Towers. Even though it’s been 14 years, the buildings and events around 9/11 is understandably a touchy subject. The film makes the Towers feel like another character and a major point of love and admiration for JGL’s character and I hope people see the grace and care that went into it.
- I can’t say The Walk is a disappointment because overall I did like it. I wanted to love it though. I’m not sure if I’d watch it again for a few years either. If you do see it, see it as big as you can because it deserves the largest screen possible.
Notable Cast & Crew:
- Joseph Gordon-Levitt
- Ben Kingsley
- Charlotte Le Bon
- James Badge Dale
- Director Robert Zemeckis
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