Hello movie fans!
Going to the cinema is a good way to clear your head and keep dreaming. Yesterday night, I went to see The Walk and it was fabulous! Here is my review of this breathtaking film…
The Walk is an American biopic directed by Robert Zemeckis with Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ben Kingsley, Charlotte Le Bon, Clément Sibony, César Domboy, Steve Valentine and James Badge Dale. The movie was released in France on October 28, 2015.
What’s the story? Twelve people have walked on the moon. In 1974, only one man will walk above the dizzying void between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center. The tightrope walker Philippe Petit with the help of his mentor, Papa Rudy, and a band of enthusiasts from all backgrounds, will overcome the worst obstacles, defeat the betrayals, dissensions, and take the most insane risks to meet the craziest challenge: moving from one tower to another by walking on a tightrope above the void…
More than a film based on a true story, The Walk is a hybrid movie. It is both a biopic, a fantasy tale, a thriller, a romance and a ride in an amusement park, which demonstrates its uniqueness.
The first part of the film focuses on the transition to adulthood of Philippe Petit, parental conflict, the rupture with his family, his meeting with a great master of tightrope walking and the birth of a classic love story. This is an opportunity to discover the world of the circus, street show and a whimsical Paris that is reminiscent of the one of Amélie movie. We have the feeling of traveling in a magical and fabulous world!
The film really takes off in the second part, spectacular and full of twists. Robert Zemeckis had the good idea to present the crazy dream of Philippe Petit as a heist film with the search for accomplices, spying, the development of a plan, the purchase of equipment and execution of the “coup” at nightfall. This is really exciting!
As to the third part, the walk on a wire, this is the highlight of the show, the climax of the dream coming true. This scene has never been more intense. We are divided between excitement and anxiety, pleasure and fear, irritation and hope, disapproval and admiration. We tremble for this unconscious and crazy funambule who is risking his life for the achievement of his most precious desire and who seems to have forgotten where is the limit…
At the end of the film, you feel out of breathe, The Walk hit you in the guts! It is as if you had accompanied the tightrope walker at every step.
Actors are friendly, dynamic, funny and endearing, and it’s nice to travel between Paris and New York. Hence the choice to make the characters speak both in French and English. Joseph Gordon-Levitt speaks excellent French despite his slight American accent and it was fun to see him speaking in English with a French accent somewhat caricatured!
Go see The Walk. It will fill you with thrills, hope and the desire to surpass yourself, really. See you soon 🙂