6/04/2017

MOVIE REVIEW

TITLE: The Walk

DESCRIPTION: 2015 drama based on the true story of a French high wire artist who walked between the two towers of the World Trade Center shortly before they opened in 1974.

DIRECTED BY: Robert Zemeckis (Back to the Future series). He also served as a producer.

WRITTEN BY: The director with Christopher Browne based on Philippe Petit's book about his experience. He came across the idea for the movie after noticing Petit's children's book The Man Who Walked Between the Towers.

STARRING:

STUDIO: Sony's TriStar Pictures

MY TAKE: It was okay. A lot of movies start out strong before petering out. This was the opposite. Starts out slow. Joseph Gordon-Levitt's fake French act wears thin. But the ending is great. Watching him walk on the wire between the two towers was breathtaking. He didn't just jimmy across. He went back and forth EIGHT times. In fact, the real-life endeavor was more hair-raising because he was up there for forty five minutes. 

NOTES:
  • Joseph Gordon-Levitt was trained by Petit himself.
  • Premiered at the New York Film Festival.
  • Made $61.2 million on a budget of $35 million.
  • Filmed in Montreal, Canada.
  • The IMAX special effects were so good that some folks got dizzy from vertigo.

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