“The Walk” is based on a true story. Set in 1974, we are introduced to Philippe Petit, brilliantly acted by Joseph Gordon Lovett (Don Jon, Looper and if you can remember, 10 Things I Hate About You). He plays a high-wire artist who recruits a team to achieve his dream… to walk the immense void between the World Trade Towers.
Firstly, I must say this is an incredible story & film where the credit must go to the film’s Director and our lead actor Joseph Gordon Lovett.
Director “Robert Zemeckis” (Best known for Back To The Future, Cast Away & Forrest Gump) keeps bringing great films to the screen and also always finds new, creative ideas and different directing styles which we have never seen. For me, none of his films ever feel the same or repeated. Like Steven Spielberg, Zemeckis proves that he is still perfectly capable of surprising us with stunning visuals and very carefully created shots, leaving us afraid of heights. All of this deserves to be honoured.
Creating a film where a man walks on a wire between the Twin Towers will, of course, treat you with many gripping moments and if you are not one to enjoy heights in real life (like me!) I promise there will be many times during this film where you will find yourself a little light-headed or perhaps gripping your chair a little tighter than normal.
Joseph Gordon Lovett is a positive knock out. Joseph has done well for himself recently, including recently directing his 1st film (Don Jon) Joseph continues to challenge himself with his acting abilities and once again it pays off. Like we’ve in recent action film, Looper, Joseph goes extreme and again had changed his whole appearance (Eyes, Hair & Accent) and becomes a decent image of the real Philipe.
I was also excited when well known actor Ben Kingley surprises us with a great supporting role.
The film overall is amazing. Visually stunning, clever work from the director, fantastic performance from Joepsh Gordon Lovett once again. The film will also provide some great messages which I promise will only lift you up. The film only has a couple of small letdowns such as the support actors & love interest story that at times doesn’t feel like they belong. We are provided a couple of scenes that dragged on or we can predict what happens next, but after it’s a film all based on true events…These issues of mine are all very minor from a great film of 2015.
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Review Written by Peter Walkden