Saturday, 31 October 2015

The Walk

In 1974, high-wire artist Philippe Petit recruits a team of people to help him realise his dream: to walk the immense void between the World Trade Center towers.

The Walk is directed by Robert Zemeckis, stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt and is based on a true story. I won't spoil you what happens because I didn't know when I went to the movie and it was suspenseful. I loved it. You may say what you will about Joseph Gordon-Levitt's accent but he does earn points for commitment, going through the trouble of delivering a significant portion of his dialogue in French. Whatever you may think of his weird wig and contacts, the physical aspects of his performance do impress as he adapts the catlike moves of a professional funambulist. Levitt does the best performance he could have done with this character. However, I found myself not 100% invested with his character as in the first half it drags a bit. Robert Zemeckis has magician's ability to blend character and technology.  

Indeed Zemeckis re-creates the wild dream of this man as only cinema can, giving audiences a thrilling 3D all angles view of an experience that, until now, only one man on Earth could claim to have lived. This film is visually miraculous. Engaging incredible CGI. This is something Zemeckis is becoming very well-known for, using CGI among live action filmmaking and making it seem seen less. There are sequences in this film that are absolutely jaw-dropping. The last half of the movie focuses up completely. Philippe Petit performance may be victimless crimes, but they are crimes nonetheless, and the fact that he and his crew must plan the World Trade Center coup in secret lends in much of its suspense. After all they're defying not only gravity, but the laws as well. How long can you hold your breath? Because the 17-minutes wire-walking sequence is the most majestic simulation of a real event since the ship sinking in Titanic: a triumph of photo realistic digital effects. Finally, Zemeckis did such a great job because when he's up there you feel like you are up there with him, these towers are here and it's 1974, we are all up on a freaking wire. 

Overall the script simply tells rather than explore but the visuals are amazing, the CGI is flawless and really beautiful to look at. The 3D is genuinely breath-taking and acting is great.

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