Sunday, October 11, 2015

The Walk (2015)

Director: Robert Zemeckis. Cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Charlotte Le Bon, Guillaume Baillargeon. 123 min. Rated PG. Biography/Adventure.

The 2008 documentary on Philippe Petit, who illegally high-wired between the Twin Towers confounded me: Why would a slow film about a trivial event, score 100% on the Tomatometer, and win a Best Documentary Oscar too? The Walk, the dramatized version of the story, is the answer to that frustration: the final half hour of the film, with Gordon-Levitt dangling above the majestic NYC, is an unparalleled heart-pounding sequence that had me on the edge of my seat - even though I knew the outcome. It's all about the spectacle, and Zemeckis has created the cinematic equivalent of "accomplishing your dreams".

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