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The Walk

The Walk

USA 2015 - with Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Charlotte Le Bon, Ben Kingsley, James Badge Dale, Ben Schwartz ...

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Movie info

Original title:The Walk
Genre:Adventure, Drama
Direction:Robert Zemeckis
Cinema release:22.10.2015
Production country:USA 2015
Running time:Ca. 123 min.
Rated:From 6 years
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Philippe Petit (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) has always been a rebel and a dreamer. As a street artist in Paris, he can only live out his passion for tightrope acrobatics to a limited extent. Even a spectacular action, in which he illegally balanced between the towers of Notre Dame, did not bring him great fulfilment. For there is a much bigger, more dangerous challenge that he wants to face at the beginning of the 1970s: he wants to stretch a tightrope between the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York, which are about to be completed, and then run from one tower to the other at a height of 417 meters. With the help of a small group of initiates, the roofs of the towers are scouted out and the materials smuggled into the World Trade Center. But when this actually succeeds after many months of preparation time, it is only the beginning of a spectacular action that will make history…

The true story, the Oscar winners Robert Zemeckis ("Forrest Gump", "Back to the Future") in his latest film "The Walk", has already been covered in the Oscar-winning documentary "Man on Wire". The movie managed to do that in such a gripping and thrilling way that it didn't really take a feature film to tell the same story again. But there is a very special reason to watch this version in the cinema. But more about that now. But first the film should be judged in general.

Zemeckis has decided to start the story in the form of a biopic, which then seems to turn into a sweet romance, only to mutate into an amusing Heist movie. Thanks to the good-humored play of leading actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt and a script brimming with wonderful ideas and great dialogues, the individual parts of the story also work extremely well. And when the whole thing turns into a great filmed declaration of love to New York and the Twin Towers, then "The Walk" is finally a great entertainment cinema.

The equipment and effects bring the early 1970s back to life perfectly. With much wit and charm Zemeckis prepares his spectators for the title-giving balancing act, which is perfectly implemented in every respect. The dramaturgical structure is excellently conducted, so that although you already know the outcome, you are extremely excited from the moment Petit and his team enter the World Tradecenter. And that reaches a vertiginous climax as soon as he steps on the tightrope. And that brings us to the reason that makes this movie a real experience: 3D!

It seems as if this technique was only made for this movie. Because the really great 3D effects really give the viewer the feeling of balancing across the streets of New York. This is as dizzying as it is spectacular, as sweaty as it is fascinating. What Robert Zemeckis offers his viewers here is pure magic. Exciting like a thriller, yet full of poetry and magic. No other smart TV, iPad or smartphone, however large, can experience this as intensively as the cinema. This makes "The Walk" one of the very few movies that you definitely have to watch in 3D. Far too often the three-dimensional effects are a rather unnecessary gadget. It's pretty to look at, but it's not worth the extra charge on the entrance fee. It's different here. The 3D not only provides wonderful pictures, but also a real cinema experience, which can become a real challenge for spectators who are afraid of heights.

The reason why I didn't go into the great 3D effects right away is a very simple one: although it's especially the last half hour that makes the movie so special and although everyone will probably talk about the 3D effects after going to the movies, it should be emphasized that "The Walk" has become a really good and very nice movie overall. A charming and stirring plea to live out one's dreams, however crazy they may be. And that's clearly one thing: Absolutely worth seeing!!!!

An article by Frankfurt-Tipp


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