Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Film Review: The Walk (2015)

The Walk (Review)
United States/2015
Format Viewed For Review: Vudu Rental
Netflix Streaming: No
Amazon Prime: No

"...an entertaining blend of comedy, romance, and thrills."

The story of French high-wire artist Philippe Petit (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) and his walk between New York's World Trade Center.

The Walk is a biopic with plenty of humor and a pinch of romance. The film tells the story of Philippe Petit, a man born to entertain. Although his father did not approve, Philippe relentlessly pursued his dreams, always searching for the perfect place to set up his wire. His ultimate goal, however, was to walk the high-wire between the Twin Towers without a safety belt. Through his journey, he finds romance with Annie (Charlotte Le Bon), a fellow street performer, and he finds a friend in Jean-Louis (Clement Sibony), a photographer. In a heist film-like fashion, Philippe begins to find other accomplices to help himself succeed. It leads to a climax we can see coming from the beginning, but it is still stunning. It's a breathtaking event, a spectacle to behold. I wasn't a big fan of the actual ending, though.


The Walk was a great experience. It's a fun, charming, and exciting film. I'll be honest, I went in with low expectations. I was interested from the trailer, but it didn't really captivate me. Fortunately, I was wrong. The film was captivating, engaging from beginning to end – particularly due to the style and storytelling. It kept me on my feet, seamlessly plucking me from one fascinating scene and dropping me in another. I loved that sensation. I especially loved the tension conjured during the final act – stupendous. My only gripe comes from the romance arc. The romance worked here and there, but it ultimately felt underdeveloped. I felt like it came up short by the finale, which was disappointing. It's one of those moments where you ask: why?

The acting was fine. I liked Joseph Gordon-Levitt as the lead. He's plays the arrogant but charming Philippe Petit very well. Charlotte Le Bon was also great. Ben Kingsley offers a great supporting performance as Papa Rudy. The film is shot beautifully, too. There's a breathtaking aesthetic to some of the scenes. The music had a similar whimsical vibe. The combination, along with the rest of the splendid technical aspects, made the film feel magical. The Walk is written by Robert Zemeckis and Christopher Browne; Zemeckis also directs. Aside from one arc that I thought was underdeveloped and underutilized, I enjoyed the writing and the direction. I credit Zemeckis vision in particular for creating such a fun and exciting experience – his touch is noticeable.

Overall, The Walk is a great film. It's an entertaining blend of comedy, romance, and thrills. Although most of the film relies on its charm and wit, the climax sets itself as an unforgettable part of cinema – it's truly awe-inspiring. It occasionally left me yearning for more, but I was more than happy with the time I spend on this film. Recommended for fans of the genre and Zemeckis' direction.

Score: 8/10
Parental Guide: A speck of blood here and there.

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