Hello, fellow moviegoers!
With the Oscar nominations to be revealed next week, and the actual ceremony just under two months away, there is one film in particular that nobody is talking about, when they definitely should be. The movie in which I speak of is Robert Zemeckis’s The Walk. I can’t necessarily say that this film is underrated as it is currently Certified Fresh at 85% on Rotten Tomatoes. Most critics simply said it was good and left it at that. When in fact, this is an excellent film that nobody is paying attention to. So, in an attempt to convince you to watch it. Here are 7 Reasons You Need to See The Walk!
Keep in mind that these reasons are in no particular order. They are all very important to the film as a whole, and they make it a fantastic piece of cinema.
1. Alan Silvestri’s Score
The musical score in The Walk is the glue that holds the whole thing together. The music in a film can make-or-break a film as a whole. Sometimes, a good score can turn a good film into a great one, or even a bad one into a terrible film. Luckily for The Walk director Robert Zemeckis was able to bring his good friend Alan Silvestri (of Back to the Future fame) along with him to help make this film excellent.
The music in this film is fantastic. It’s not the type of score you hear in the film and then forget about. It gets in your head and never leaves. I’ve found myself listening to the score of The Walk quite often since I saw the film. It’s a very dynamic score. The general theme of the score has a bit of a Finding Nemo feel to it, but it also takes on fun Mission: Impossible-esque tones at points. It’s a fantastic score, and one you’re sure to love.
2. The Visual Effects and Cinematography
The visual effects and cinematography in this film were used so well and were extremely pleasing to the eye. The combination of excellent CGI and soaring shots make the audience genuinely feel as if they are 110 stories up. It’s an amazing achievement, and one that should be celebrated.
3. Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Philippe Petit
The performance by Joseph Gordon-Levitt in this film is one of his best. Before I saw The Walk, JGL’s French accent was a bit of a cause for worry. It was a great sigh of relief when he absolutely nailed it! It was a little odd at first because we all know how he actually sounds, but after a few minutes that idea of his normal voice disappears out of your mind; where it will stay for the rest of the film.
The persona of Philippe Petit was a perfect one for JGL to take on. He was able to pull off the quirkiness and dedication of the character so well! This character has you laughing out loud at points with his ridiculous sense of enthusiasm. But he is also a flawed character, which we all know is the best kind of character to have in a film.
4. It’s a Love Letter to the Towers of The World Trade Center
The events that occurred on 9/11 have had such a dramatic effect on the United States that we live in today. Unfortunately, that event is what most people think of immediately when they think of the towers now. This film tries to shake that image and remind us of the joy that those towers radiated. This film does a magnificent job reflecting the beauty of these towers. It’s a classic take on the phrase “Remember the good times, not the bad”.
5. Robert Zemeckis’s Direction
Robert Zemeckis is one of the great directors out there now. He’s given us fantastic films such as the Back to the Future trilogy, Cast Away, and Forrest Gump. He’s a director that’s given us arguably some of the best films ever created. The Walk is no exception to that. In my opinion, The Walk is another great addition to Zemeckis’s already impressive record.
6. The Inspirational Story
The Walk succeeded where Tomorrowland failed. Tomorrowland had a great message, but it beat you over the head with it so much that it lost its luster. The Walk gives the same message, just much more subtlety. Don’t be afraid to chase your dreams, no matter the size. It’s one of the best messages a film can give, and The Walk delivers it in spades.
The story is extremely inspirational, as well as just an entertaining one to watch. Seeing a man chase his absurd dream of walking on a wire between the two highest towers in the world is a story perfect to a big screen adaptation.
7. The Magic of The Movies
The Walk, in my opinion, does what a lot of films fail to do nowadays. It captures the magic of the movies. When I saw this film for the first time, it was in an empty theater. It was only my father and me there, and we were both blown away by this film.
The Walk reminded me why I love going to the movies, in the same way that Birdman did last year. I’m not saying this film is near the quality of Birdman, but it’s just a plain-old great movie. It’s one that everybody should see.
Have you seen The Walk? If not, will you see it now? Let me know by commenting on this post! If you enjoyed this editorial, share it on Facebook and Twitter. It really helps! Don’t forget, I post every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, so check back then for new movie reviews and editorials! Next week I will be reviewing The Revenant and Joy, as well as discussing the Oscar Nominations. So don’t miss it!
You can check out my review for The Walk here!
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