A breathtaking film that brought me to tears.
I don’t really need to say more than that, but a couple notes. First, this is movie magic. I think Robert Zemeckis was inspired by this story, because he instilled in The Walk the same type of giddy wonder that he rendered way back when with Forrest Gump.
And the visuals — ahhh, the visuals. There’s some vertigo in this film. Just a tad. I don’t know how well the film will convert to home viewing, but I strongly recommend seeing it on the big screen. I suppose watching in 3D is the default here, and that’s how I experienced it, but I’m not sure it’s necessary, oddly enough. But try to see it in the theater.
One final note. I had seen the documentary (Man on Wire) a few years ago — but there is no comparison. Familiarity with the story will not diminish your experience with The Walk in the slightest. That’s because Zemeckis has so expertly crafted his movie, bringing to it all the wonder that Hollywood can muster when set on a divine purpose. So often great true stories are botched: look no further than Everest or Black Mass. Thank goodness, not here. Zemeckis does this story justice, in only the way a movie can. Best of the year so far. 9/10
PS I’m thinking about sneaking in the theater just to watch the final 30 minutes again. Don’t tell the authorities!