The Walk

• TOP NOTCH (my top choices)
• HONORABLE MENTION (well worth watching)
• YOU MIGHT WANT TO CONSIDER (I like them but you might not)
• CLASSICS (Great movies up through the 1960s - many don't have any rating)

Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Charlotte Le Bon  

Summary -  In 1974, high-wire artist Philippe Petit recruits a team of people to help him realize his dream: to walk the immense void between the World Trade Center towers.

Cautions - This isn't necessarily for the whole family (unless you don't mind the whole family seeing Joseph Gordon-Levitt's butt) mainly because I don't think younger viewers will be interested in it's pace and the themes might resonate better with a teenage to adult audience.

Commentary -  Academy Award winning director, Robert Zemeckis, brings the real life story of French wire walker, Phillipe Petit to life in this beautifully crafted film. The Walk is a caper movie. If you like bank heist stories, there will be a lot to like about this movie. But the story of wire walker Phillipe Petit is not to steal gold or diamonds but to created something beautiful as a celebration of what man can do. The setting of this feat is none other than one of the greatest architectural wonders of that time - the Twin Towers in NYC. 

I'll admit that I was not expecting to by so moved or so drawn in by the actual walk at the end of the movie and I think that, maybe more than anything else, is why I esteem this movie so highly. Zemeckis crafted, not only an artfully told and engaging movie but instilled the elements of allegory that call out to why Petit was so passionate about this walk to begin with.

In the words of the lead actor, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, "It's worthwhile to tell stories of human beings doing incredible things." I heartily agree.


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