The story of Philippe Petit’s tightrope walk between the Twin Towers is one of the 20th century legends of physical artistry. It has now been captured in a wonderful movie, The Walk, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Philippe Petit. (Petit wrote a book about entitled To Reach the Clouds, and an Oscar winning documentary was made in 2008 entitled Man on Wire).
It must have been amazing to be part of the thousands of onlookers standing on the ground in Lower Manhattan on the morning of Wednesday, 7 August, 1974, looking up to see someone walking on a wire, sans a safety harness (and certainly no safety net), for about 45 minutes.
Directed by Robert Zemeckis of Forrest Gump fame, the 3D feature film—The Walk, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt as the daredevil himself—is expected to scoop a few Oscar nominations.
The movie which I saw on IMAX made it seem that I was up there with Philippe Petit and my heart was in my throat for some time.
Apart from the stunning aerial work (Jade Kindar-Martin was the stunt double), the cast includes Ben Kingsley as Papa Rudy, Petit’s mentor and the beautiful Charlotte Le Bon as Annie, Petit’s girlfriend. The entire movie works. Clement Sibony and Cesar Domboy make up two of the other cast members who help Petit achieve his law-breaking dream.
I loved the movie and recommend that people see it in 3D, preferably at an IMAX theatre (it is worth it).
This movie releases on IMAX on 9 October 2015 and in 3D and 2D at Ster Kinekor on 16 October 2015.