The Walk (2015)
Critic Consensus: The Walk attempts a tricky balancing act between thrilling visuals and fact-based drama -- and like its wire-walking protagonist, pulls it off with impressive élan.
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Critic Reviews for The Walk
The Walk turns what is a relatively straightforward act - albeit a scarily placed one - into something stunning by restoring a sense of physicality to what's happening onscreen.
Zemeckis's failing is his inattention to every other detail, but The Walk undeniably exists for its climax: one stunt it does manage to pull off flawlessly.
It's two-thirds of a great film but the slow start and unremarkable first hour hold it back. Still, for those who buy into the precept that "good things are worth waiting for," The Walk unquestionably delivers.
The walk itself is the film's central, and only, real achievement, but it's a doozy.
For at least the duration of the 25-minute wire sequence, The Walk is a breathless, exhilarating moviegoing experience. It's just not much of a movie.
Audience Reviews for The Walk
Zemekis and Gordon Levitt endeavor to enliven the already substantive documentary Man On Wire (about Phillippe Petit's fabled wirewalk between the former Twin Towers) with the latest in modern tech cameras and a middling French accent. You'll be unimpressed until the central event occurs, after which you might need a place to sit down.
Zemeckis displays his usual inventiveness with stylish camera movements and breathtaking visuals in 3D to tell us this incredible real story whose nerve-wracking climax ought to cause a heart attack on anyone afraid of heights - but it also has an unwelcome tendency towards corniness in the end.
Robert Zemeckis' dazzling direction, cinematography and spectacle ultimately drives home this biopic. The Walk is an artful and cleverly planned story of its climatic sequence; paying homage to the artists and the structures it was executed upon. 4/5
The Walk Quotes
|Petit's Father:||The carrots are cooked!|
|Annie Allix:||....the carrots are cooked!|
|Philippe Petit:||This is Impossible. But I am still going to do it.|
|Philippe Pettit:||People always ask me "why do you risk death"? For me, this is life.|
|Philippe Pettit:||I was always searching. Looking for the perfect place to hang my wire.|
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