Hello, fellow moviegoers!
The Walk is directed by Robert Zemeckis, and it stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Charlotte Le Bon, and Sir Ben Kingsley. It is the story of Frenchmen Philippe Petit, a high-wire artist who has a dream to walk on a wire between the tallest buildings in the world, the World Trade Center buildings. A lot of people I’ve talked to seem to have no idea this movie exists. So is this a movie that you should go out of your way to see? Here are my thoughts…
The Walk is very much a three part film. Part One; Philippe developing his passion as a high-wire artist, Part Two; putting together a team to help him walk between the “Twin Towers” (very illegally I might add), and Part Three; the actual walk. Each part has its ups and downs, but overall? The Walk is utterly thrilling.
A majority of the credit for this definitely goes to director Robert Zemeckis, and cinematographer Dariusz Wolski. This film is visually stunning. Wolski and Zemeckis crafted the shots in this film so masterfully, and it really makes you feel like you’re with them 110 stories up. Even when they are sitting in a little French parlor, they manage to make the shots pleasing to the eye in almost every way. I would say we can definitely expect an Oscar nomination for Cinematography to go to this film.
One worry I had about this film going in was (surprisingly) Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love JGL, but I was concerned about his French accent. After all, a French accent is one of the most difficult to portray without sounding ridiculous. It is with great joy that I can tell you, he absolutely nailed it. My father, who didn’t know who JGL was, thought they actually hired a French actor to portray Petit.
Many critics are complaining about the fact that the entire movie is narrated by Phillipe Petit while he is standing on the Statue of Liberty. Personally, I thought that it was a very unique and entertaining way to tell the story. It felt nice to have a movie that recounts the story a little differently than usual.
All of the other actors in the film were serviceable in their respective roles. Sadly, none of them really stood out. Except for Sir Ben Kingsley, purely because he was Sir Ben Kingsley.
One other thing I would like to point out is the score by Alan Silvestri. One of the key things in having a great film is having a score that is just as great. Silvestri’s score for The Walk reminded me of Finding Nemo, and Mission: Impossible at times. At other times, it reminded me of last year’s Birdman (or The Unexpected Value of Ignorance). All the while, adding its own flare into the mix. This is definitely a score I’m going to download and listen to for leisure.
This film was a nearly perfect mix of great directing, cinematography, music and acting on Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s part. I would highly recommend this movie to anyone who isn’t deathly afraid of heights. With reports of people getting vertigo watching this film, definitely keep that in mind. I have a slight fear of heights, and I found this movie exhilarating.
So have you ever even heard of The Walk? If not, you definitely need to check it out! If you have seen it, do you think it could get an Oscar nomination for cinematography? Let me know by commenting on this post.
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