The Walk – Review

Genre Biographical, Drama
Directed by Robert Zemeckis
Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ben Kingsley, Charlotte Le Bon, James Badge Dale
Released on September 26, 2015 (New York Film Festival), September 30, 2015(United States)
Duration 123 minutes
Flixxpanda Rating 8.5/10
Channel Netflix

Are you afraid of heights? I am terrified of them. Thus, I my palms were sweating for almost the entirety of the film, The Walk.

The Walk is brilliant. It is of course based on a true story. The movie is about the man, the myth, the legend Philippe Petit and his astounding (not to mentions scary) wire-walk between the twin towers way back in 1974. Although the film relies completely on CGI for the visuals, it is stunningly breathtaking. The number of times when they showed exactly how high-up he was made me nauseous.

For the most part the film stays true to actual events, leaving out a few unflattering things that happened. The movie is supposed to show Philippe in a good light and it has successfully done so. Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays Philippe in the movie and I personally thought his performance was brilliant, complete with the accent and mannerisms.

The story is an unmatched masterpiece without a doubt and the film does no wrongs in the last hour-ish on screen but the one thing that I did not enjoy was the voice-over narration along with Levitt’s face close-up telling us what was going on. I mean, I am watching the movie. I’m already in it. Why are you telling me what’s going on? Somethings should simply be left upto the audience to figure out themselves. Besides with the on-point and brilliant filmography there wasn’t much left to understand, it was pretty clear what was going on ninety-nine percent of the time. Why do we need Levitt’s salesman-like narration? Levitt was brilliant, without a doubt. During the entirety of the walk (also hats off to brilliant director Robert Zemeckis), the sounds, the emotions, everything was nearly perfect. It would have been absolutely perfect if they hadn’t had that annoying narration.

They portrayed Petit as an amazing and sensitive human being and then proceeded to cancel it out by showing him grinning garishly into the camera lens telling us about himself in a manner akin to self-obsessed teenagers. The irony. The stark contrast was jaw-dropping. I would have loved it without that.

Besides that though, the film is practically flawless. Probably not for those who have a phobia of heights. I’ve heard that audiences threw up in movie theatre washrooms after experiencing virtual vertigo. Also, that one scene where Petit steps on a nail that goes straight through his foot, that had me feeling a little queasy as well. But honestly, if you can ignore those bodily reactions, it’s a gorgeous film and definitely worth watching!

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