Starring: Joseph Gordon Levitt, Charlotte Le Bon, Ben Kingsley, James Badge Dale
Directed By: Robert Zemeckis
I’ll admit, I didn’t really want to see The Walk. The previews just didn’t do it for me. I’m glad I finally took the leap, because The Walk is a lot better than it has any right to be. A PG movie about a dude who walks between the twin towers? Who wants to see that?
But, it’s not really just a film about a walk between the towers. It’s so much more than that. It’s a biopic. It’s a heist film. It’s whatever you need it to be. And despite the fact that it is, at times, a little too optimistic, it’s a pretty darn good movie. On top of that, Joseph Gordon Levitt is fantastic. For some reason, people aren’t talking about that enough. He’s getting lost in the conversation, along with Tobey Maguire, and Jake Gyllenhaal, but it really is some of his best work. Even with all the narration.
Yeah, I wasn’t a fan of the narration. I thought there was too much of it, and that the film would have stood on its own without it. I think it takes away from both Levitt’s performance, and the moment of the walk itself. Zemeckis did a great job recreating the towers. They look great, and it is a beautiful reminder of what they looked like before 9/11. No, the film doesn’t touch on how the towers are no longer there, or how Phillippe’s “forever” pass to the roof was short lived, but it’s a nice glance into the past. The effects they use here are really first-rate. Everytime Phillippe looks down, it really is remarkable. I totally understand why this film had an IMAX run, even if it’s really only for about 15 minutes of the film.
It’s not a perfect film, but I like being pleasantly surprised by a film I wasn’t expecting much from. It’s a lot better to be surprised that way, then to have a film disappoint you after months of waiting to see it. I’m not sure it will hold the same gravitas in home viewings, but it’s still a pretty good film.
FINAL GRADE: A-