#REVIEW: “THE WALK”
Review by Jonathan Godfrey for Mr. Will Wong
A beautiful moment is something to aspire to and cherish. This is the simple yet profound premise behind iconic Robert Zemeckis’ latest Film, The Walk.
Throughout the previous decade, Zemeckis has worked tirelessly to forward the medium of motion-capture movies. The Walk is his first foray into the medium of 3D, and it’s quite the introduction. Its subject matter surrounds the revered walk of Philippe Petit, a Frenchman who came to New York in 1972 to trek from one tower to its twin… in a way never done before.
Like Forrest Gump, the Film begins its tale with a focus on a man who has a funny accent, played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt. He tells us his story and an incredible one at that. Ever the performer, Levitt fills Petit’s shoes to the tip as the soul of the Film. He commands our attention and compels us to watch his dream unfold. He isn’t alone in his efforts, as he is helped by the beautiful Annie Allix, played by Canada’s Charlotte Le Bon and she provides the heart to Philippe‘s soul. James Badge Dale plays Jean-Pierre, and he provides much of the laughs, with Ben Kingsley delivering a few of his own. He plays Papa Rudy, Petit’s moody mentor – a scene stealer.
Philippe refers to the eagerly-awaited walk as The Coup, a combination of artistry and anarchy. In other words, an ambitious and brazen attempt to show people something they will never forget. And unforgettable it is. Zemeckis’ and his team stage an incredible re-creation of a monumental moment, proving once again the necessity of 3D enhancement. In addition, the Film sheds a lost light on a fallen emblem. By bringing to life again Philippe’s unprecedented accomplishment, we too are reminded of legacy behind the Twin Towers and that a nation affected by devastation and grief post 9/11, continues to stand tall.
The Walk not only is a feel-good Film, but a visual wonder, warranting that splurge in IMAX 3D.
Sony Pictures Canada release The Walk, Wednesday, September 30, 2015.