The Walk

Release Date:October 8, 2015
Review Date:October 10, 2015
Reviewer:Blake Leath
Genre(s):Drama, Documentary/Docudrama, Biopic

This one's for you, Cindy Adams!

Lauren and I caught The Walk together, and we enjoyed it quite a bit.

Acts I and II are very strong; Act III is surprisingly quick and underwhelming. I won't give much away other than to say, "Huh, that's it? That was fast. Much ado about very little."

Anyhoo, the early Paris scenes are the most enjoyable, and the film works hard to leave one with a warm, fuzzy feeling about the Twin Towers, succeeding partially.

It's definitely "only PG," being entirely sugar and light in this regard; no concerns for the kiddos.

If I were inclined to give it a score, I'd say "6 or 7." Coulda been a 10, but it's a tad heavy-handed, overwrought, sometimes silly, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt's eye contacts and wig are quite distracting. He is a marvelously physical actor, however, in the vein of Gene Kelly, and it's a delight to see him completely inhabit the persona of Philippe Petit. Just ignore his attempts at an accent.

In summary, it's a film designed for 3D, a "stunt film," if you will, and without the trappings of 3Dwhich I abhorthere's not much left. Mostly just the husk of a film, a concept...evaporating in actual execution, not unlike the mists enveloping the wire itself.