As a movie labelled a drama I was somewhat surprised to find The Walk less drama and more comedy. Of a sort.
The Walk is the story of Philippe Petit, who in 1974 recruited a team of people to help him realise his dream: to walk the immense void between the World Trade Center towers. The movie begins with Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Philippe explaining his beginnings and his love for the high-wire life.
Philippe is a … rascal for what of a better word. He’s charming as he tries to figure out what he wants to do with his life. When the movie opens he is doing a street show and earning some money that way, and winning the heart of Annie, a fellow street performer. Together, they work to get Philippe to New York, which a growing team of accomplices to help him get to the top of the Towers, and a wire across them.
This is a bit of a disjointed one, I think. When it started I thought it a comedy before Philippe’s obsession gets the better of him and any good sense. He alienates his team, Annie before attempting the walk, and his arrogance makes for a hard character to sell. Annie has the patience of a saint, and should’ve left him ages before he even attempted the walk.
To me, Philippe was a man who wanted fame, who wanted to be someone. He just didn’t seem to mind who he upset on his way there.
On the upside, and I freely admit I’m biased, but JGL speaking French like a native is something to enjoy.
Have you watched The Walk? What did you think?