RELEASED 2015 RUNTIME 123 MIN LANGUAGE ENGLISH DIRECTION ROBERT ZEMECKIS SCREENPLAY ROBERT ZEMECKIS, CHRISTOPHER BROWNE STARRING JOSEPH GORDON-LEVITT, BEN KINGSLEY, CHARLOTTE LE BON, , CLEMENT SIBONY, JAMES BADGE DALE, CESAR DOMBOY, BEN SCHWARTZ, BENEDICT SAMUEL, STEVE VALENTINE MUSIC ALAN SILVESTRI
If you have seen the documentary Man on Wire (which you absolutely should, it got a 10/10 just sayin’) you know what you are getting into. It’s basically the documentary in movie form with Joseph Gordon Levitt playing the french guy Philippe Petit. In case you didn’t know, in 1974 he wire-walked between the twin towers of the World Trade Center. Yeah, right, he really was that crazy and it really happened.
The story behind this act is actually super interesting and dramatic. This entire thing was illegal of course and it’s amazing to see what went into preparing it and pulling it off. I will not spoil it, but it’s just really awesome how it went down.
There is also quite a bit of humor and overall it’s a pretty light hearted film. Even the last 20 minutes of the movie, when the act actually happens, is very dramatic, but never looses its humour. After all, Philippe Petit seems like a funny dude and Joseph Gordon Levitt captures that really well. However, it takes a while to get used to his french accent, which sounds inda unique. But again, when you watched Man on Wire, you know that’s exactly like the real Philippe Petit sounds.
So, let’s talk about the biggest gripe i have with the movie. There is this narration thing going on where it seems like the main character has to explain every single part of the story to the audience. It’s so on the nose because the story is not really hard to follow and very straight forward. You don’t have to explain everything. It’s obvious what’s happening, duh!
Anyway, that out of the way I will say the last 20 minutes are phenomenal! Go watch the movie on the biggest screen that’s available to you and in 3D. If you have an IMAX near you then pay the extra money and treat yourself. I unfortunately wasn’t able to watch it on IMAX but still, my hands were sweating like crazy during the entire finale when he actually walks the wire. Never before has a movie better captured the feeling of height. If you are afraid of heights like me, then you gonna have a hell of a ride with the movie. I actually want to watch it again on IMAX upcoming weekend just to experience the last 20 minutes again in the most intense way possible. It’s that well made.