by Rachelle Eldar
The word “daredevil” doesn’t even begin to describe Philippe Petit, the French high-wire artist who suspended a tightrope between the Twin Towers in the 70s. The incredible, death defying story has finally been brought to the big screen by Robert Zemeckis, and the movie is about as highly unusual as Petit himself.
It’s clear that Joseph Gordon Levitt devoted himself completely to this role. If you’ve never seen him in any other movie, it’s probably much easier to appreciate his acting here. But if you’re a big fan of his other work, prepare to be weirded out by his performance in “The Walk”. His French accent sounds maddeningly fake, to the point where it distracted me from the story. His charisma and portrayal of such fierce determination does make up for it though, which is an impressive feat. His intense personality eclipsed all the other characters in the movie.
The movie’s visual effects were a definite high point (pun intended). It’s thrilling to watch, especially during the wire walk scene; my heart was beating out of my chest the whole time. It feels neverending to watch him walk across the wire an insane total of six times, even laying down at one point. It’s an incredibly nerve wracking experience, even knowing he makes it in the end, which I imagine would be all the more intense if you have a fear of heights.
If you enjoy dramatic and eccentric movies, I’d definitely recommend “The Walk”. It does have an admittedly ridiculous nature, making it easy to laugh at even during serious moments, but it’s still an enjoyable watch. If anything, go see it for the absolutely incredible story it’s based on; it’s one you don’t want to miss.