Movie: The Walk
Direction: Robert Zemeckis
Cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ben Kingsley, Charlotte Le Bon, James Badge Dale
Music Director: Alan Silvestri
Cinematography: Dariusz Wolski
Editor: Jeremiah O’Driscoll
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama, Thriller
What is it about: The Walk is a biographical drama directed by Robert Zemeckis, which is based on the life of French High-Wire artist Phillippe Petit’s walk between the Twin Towers of World Trade Center on August 7th 1974. Which is adapted from the book “To reach the Clouds” written by Phillippe Petit himself.
Why it’s disappointing: Let’s just leave this section at rest for this movie.
What to watch out for: Being a biographical movie, it does not bore you at any point with unnecessary facts of the character, it holds the premise well and walks towards with great pace which makes “The Walk” an enjoyable one. Robert Zemeckis who has given us movies like “Forrest Gump”, “Cast Away” & “Flight”, brings another drama which blows your senses at a different level.
Robert Zemeckis & Christopher Browne keep the essence of the character alive in all the frames without divulging in to the obvious potholes which usually other movies in this genre do.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt who played the protagonist in the movie as Phillippe Petit did a stupendous job with his accent and performance which was perfected well. He is a rising star who have reached heights in his career which is going to scale high with no limits. Ben Kingsley has been a legend and will stay to be one, he did a good job as “Papa Rudy” who guides Phillippe in his endeavours.
They were well supported by Charlotte Le Bon (Annie) it’s a delight to watch her act. Also James Badge Dale, Ben Schwartz & Steve Valentine make a great ensemble.
The movie is set in the background of 1974 when the great Twin Towers of World Trade Center were being erected, the details were captured with utmost care and presented with the help of modern day VFX technology which puts you right in between those towers. The movie explores the 3D to its maximum, it does not abuses it and hits you right where you need a kick out of it. The scenes involving The Walk were exhilarating, which will keep you at your toes wondering what is going to happen next.
The movie has got great technicians, Cinematography by Dariusz Wolski was edgy which takes you to the weirdest corners of the skyscraper that will haunt you forever. The editing was at its best by Jeremiah O’Driscoll, who is as sharp as a ninja.
Verdict: “The Walk” is an exhilarating one, which keeps you at the edge of your seat leaving your jaws open in the awe of the character “Phillippe” and Robert Zemeckis brilliance in laying the high wire tight which holds the movie strong in all corners. Please watch this at a well-equipped theatre, so that you don’t miss out on the great experience.