These “transfer” reviews are from when I only did reviews on my Facebook page back in 2015. Bare in mind when reading these, I didn’t have the same formula in my review writing that I do now, and my usual “who starred and who directed” information is completely absent, so everything “italicized” is new. With that said, enjoy this review from 2015.
How long ago was that first teaser? How perfect was that? We know who stars in it AND a sense of what to expect when he’s balancing on a beam on the top of the World Trade Centers. Wow, that was intense. I’m pretty sure it was awhile before that teaser resurfaced and then a full-on trailer followed closely behind. That was equally intense (who didn’t cringe when he stepped on that nail?). Now the full movie’s out and I won’t lie, I was deathly afraid that I would miss out on this one. But making just enough money at work to get a couple of light drinks in me, I got my chance and took it.
Cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt (STAR WARS: LAST JEDI  and SNOWDEN ), Charlotte Le Bon (THE PROMISE , ANTHROPOID , and the upcoming BERLIN, I LOVE YOU ), Ben Kingsley (COLLIDE , THE JUNGLE BOOK , SELF/LESS , and upcoming films OPERATION FINALE  and THE RED SEA DIVING RESORT ), and Ben Schwartz (HOW TO BE A LATIN LOVER , THE INTERVENTION , and upcoming films NIGHT SCHOOL  and AN ACTOR PREPARES )
Director: Robert Zemeckis (ALLIED , and the upcoming THE WOMEN OF MARWEN )
Writers: Robert Zemeckis (the upcoming WOMEN OF MARWEN) and Christopher Browne (stuff I’ve never heard of)
Composer: Alan Silvestri (AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR , READY PLAYER ONE , ALLIED, and upcoming films WOMEN OF MARWEN and Avengers 4 )
Cinematographer: Dariusz Wolski (ALL THE MONEY IN THE WORLD , ALIEN: COVENANT , THE MARTIAN , and the upcoming SICARIO: DAY OF THE SOLDADO )
Editor: Jeremiah O’Driscoll (RINGS , ALLIED, and the upcoming films MOWGLI  and THE WOMEN OF MARWEN)
This is my honest opinion of: THE WALK
Set in 1974. Philippe Petit (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is a daring tight-rope walker who travels to America with his girlfriend Annie (Charlotte Le Bon) and his crew, and sets his gaze on his most daring and dangerous act yet: walking across the not-yet-finished World Trade Centers, which is very much illegal.
Fun fact: Gordon-Levitt is actually tight-rope walking in this movie. He was trained by the real world Philippe Petit.
It’s really good folks. It’s a damn fine movie.
First off, lets address the elephant in the room. Yes, Gordon-Levitt’s accent isn’t great. But you know what? If you can lose yourself in his honest and intense performance, you’ll be able to look past it, making the critique inert. And honestly, when speaking next to Le Bon, who really is French, he blends well enough to make the accent at least sound natural. Personally, I looked past it, so I don’t care.
I kind of feel bad because I didn’t see this movie in 3-D, and I’m assuming that’s the way you need to see it. The movie does give the impression of scenic depth; that a lot of time was put into making things far away actually look far away. Of course, this is also a particular annoyance when the movie obviously throws things at you. You can tell exactly where the 3-D is supposed to be and this is such an outdated method and needs to stop. This may have been acceptable in Disneyland, but this is 2015… let’s grow up Hollywood.
But despite that obvious flaw, the movie makes of for it in spades by giving us an incredibly likable protagonist in Philippe, equally likable friends and allies, and beautiful cinematography. That’s how good the movie is. I noticed good cinematography. I haven’t done that since the Lord of the Rings franchise.
I’ve read an article or two about how people who have seen this movie have left the auditoriums dizzy or nauseous. Hell, even I was reminded of my personal fears of heights. Pretty damn impressive if I do say so myself.
Honestly, there’s not much more to say about the movie other than great performances, very inspirational, I hate the obvious 3-D bits, but overall it’s worthwhile to see.
My honest rating for THE WALK: 4/5