The Walk (2015) ★★★★☆

Every dream begins with a single step.

Based on a true events, Philippe Petit (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), a French street performer, travels to New York in 1974 to place his high wire between the newly built Twin Towers, in hope to walk across them (minus the safety wire); achieving his dream.

What appears to be an impossible task, and what some would perceive as ‘cuckoo’, proves to be a shocking biopic, for the better. The screenplay by Robert Zemeckis establishes that, to be a true artist, a little bit of madness is necessary (take Lady gaga for example). As an audience member, you simply cannot help but want to see it unfold before your eyes – will he succeed, or won’t he? So surely, if this man can walk his tight rope between the two tallest buildings in the world, then writing a novel or learning to figure skate must be a piece of cake, right?

This film was made for Robert Zemeckis to bring to life, having previously delivered narratives that hit on such an emotional level: Forrest Gump in particular. Joseph Gordon-Levitt takes on the role of Philippe Petit and does a marvellous job in doing so. He is very convincing in portraying the passion and charm of Petit. Ben Kingsley is always a welcome addition to any film, portraying Papa Rudy, a circus owner who encourages Petit along the way. This film is also an excellent example of how 3D should be used in Hollywood. It accompanies the tension, along with magic of the cinematic experience in The Walk. Nonetheless, the tension is felt from start to finish, without fail. The final stunt scene is incredibly meaningful, extraordinary and jaw-dropping all at the same time. Knowing that one wrong move could change everything, makes it all the more exciting.

Bringing the World Trade Center back to life, The Walk makes for a surprising hit, and a significantly underrated film. However, if you are afraid of heights, this film may not be for you…The print poster alone will make your palms break into sweat. A nail-biting watch!

6 thoughts on “The Walk (2015) ★★★★☆

  1. I didn’t think I had a fear of heights, but after seeing this one (especially on the big screen), there were definitely moments where I found myself holding my breath. Excellent review!

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