The Walk

1 Oct

The Walk PosterPhilippe Petit is a French high-wire artist who gained fame in the year 1974 for his high-wire walk between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City. “The Walk” revolves around his tentative beginning and his eventual love affair with the Twin Towers.

A French accented Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays Philippe Petit with earnest. With a well sketched out character at hand, he manages to resonate the emotions fittingly. His chemistry with Charlotte Le Bon (as Annie) was charming while his interaction with Ben Kingsley (as Papa Rudy) were brilliant. Kingsley as expected was a scene stealer while Charlotte Le Bon was rather substandard.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt with Charlotte Le Bon

Joseph Gordon-Levitt with Charlotte Le Bon

Clément Sibony (as Jean-Louis) and César Domboy (as Jeff) was impeccably low-key in their supporting roles which played well in keeping the spotlight on the protagonist. James Badge Dale (as Jean-Pierre), Steve Valentine (as Barry Greenhouse) Ben Schwartz (as Albert) and Benedict Samuel (as David) played fundamental parts in keeping the humor alive as we reached the climax of the film.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt with Ben Kingsley

Joseph Gordon-Levitt with Ben Kingsley

“The Walk” is clearly designed with idea of enthralling the viewers in IMAX 3D. You’ll find yourself wincing a couple of times and for anyone scared of heights; this film will get you a slightly anxious. The climax is spectacular and not for the faint hearted though the CGI in the wide scenes weren’t up to the mark (shoestring budget I hear) as more often than not the images looked rather flat. Cinematography in general was enormously effective in immersing you into the set pieces while costume design were seamlessly complementary.

James Badge Dale, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Clément Sibony, Steve Valentine, César Domboy, Ben Schwartz, Joseph Gordon, Charlotte Le Bon and Benedict Samuel

James Badge Dale, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Clément Sibony, Steve Valentine, César Domboy, Ben Schwartz, Joseph Gordon, Charlotte Le Bon and Benedict Samuel

With Robert Zemeckis at the helm, much is to be expected. This isn’t his finest work but he manages to pull off a well knitted story without going over the hill with dramatic distractions (i.e. exaggerated Twin Towers eulogy). The film even though not fast paced doesn’t fall into the realm of boredom though the narratives were a buzz kill for momentum and could have been completely avoided chopping a good 10 minutes off the 123 minute run time. Obviously the censored/cut scenes (one at a pivotal junction) didn’t help either.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Philippe Petit

Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Philippe Petit

If you’ve got an itch to the try out the new IMAX screen in Mall of the Emirates; then this is the perfect film for you. It’s flawed but you’ll forget all of that as you find yourself on the edge of your seat during the breathtaking climax.

6.5/10

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