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Times of India
The Walk derives direct inspiration from the daring high wire walk that Frenchman Philippe Petit successfully undertook from one of the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center to the other, on August 7, 1974.
There are plenty of reasons as to why you could watch this film. For one, the climax of the movie - the high wire act itself that is a culmination of all the meticulous planning that preceded it - is worth the ticket price alone. You will find yourself gripping the armrests, anxiously hoping that Philippe Petit's (Gordon-Levitt) act doesn't end up in tragedy. And on the other hand, the film might prove to be a little nerve-wracking if vertigo means more to you than an Alfred Hitchcock movie name!
To Zemeckis' credit, he never does telegraph an obvious outcome. Therefore, if you've never heard about the real Petit's risk-laden act of derring-do, you might find yourself wondering about might really happen, until the very end. Levitt's prep for this role has been painstakingly prepared. Not only did he learn to speak French like a provincial, but he also learned how to walk the rope like a pro.
It's interesting how Levitt's character actually absorbs the architectural characteristics of the towers themselves. He takes into consideration the wind speed, the subtle diurnal and nocturnal sway of the tall buildings (incidentally, commonplace in any high-rise building) and therefore, how taut the steel cable and its fastenings need to be. He virtually incorporates the buildings into his training and respects the massive structures, much as a climber would respect say, a formidable mountain. During some of the more gripping and suspenseful sequences, Alan Silvestri's music provides the necessary sonic atmosphere.
Petit refuses a safety harness for the feat, much to the concern of his doting guitar-playing, cute-as-a-button girlfriend (Le Bon) and the shock of his mentor and trainer, Papa Rudy (Kingsley). While Petit's journey from novice to expert is breezed through, the final 40 minutes of the film, really suits the 3D treatment, makes it all worthwhile. Delightfully quaint and definitely entertaining.
The Walk would make full use of Gordon-Levitt’s physical capabilities (as he has put on display multiple times, from a memorable song-and-dance routine, incorporating multiple backflips, in his hosting duties on “Saturday Night Live,” to spending weeks on a bicycle to film the lead role in the well-regarded thriller Premium Rush), melded with his abilities as an entertainer, as seen in his hosting duties on his television program, “HitRECord on TV,” combined with his interest in acting in thrillers, such as Inception, Looper, and The Dark Knight Rises.
In fact, Gordon-Levitt embraced the challenge of walking on the wire. “It was a serious challenge, but I like a challenge,” he says. “I love doing stuff with my body – incorporating physicality into a performance. There’s nothing like a close-up in a movie, but what you can convey to the audience with your body is also part of what makes the whole thing fun.”
Gordon-Levitt worked with language and dialect coaches to master speaking his French lines and English with the French accent, but in addition to the experts, he had his French-speaking co-stars – Clément Sibony, César Domboy, and the French-Canadian Charlotte Le Bon – to guide him. “We helped him a little bit but he was really good,” says Charlotte Le Bon. “He already had solid French skills before the movie. He really likes French culture. He knows so much about French poetry—more than me actually.”
During the film's New York City premiere the realism of the film's climax 1,362 feet in the air caused some viewers to actually throw up from vertigo. Robert Zemeckis responded that, "The goal was to evoke the feeling of vertigo. We worked really hard to put the audience up on those towers and on the wire."
The original title for this film was the same as the book it is based upon, 'To Reach the Clouds.' Later the title was altered to 'To Walk the Clouds' and finally The Walk.
Ben Kingsley and James Badge Dale starred together in Iron Man 3 (2013)
Joseph Gordon-Levitt had to wear blue contacts for the role of Philippe Petit.
First 2015 biography movie for Joseph Gordon-Levitt. The second was to be Snowden (2015), but that has been pushed to 2016 due to the crowded movie scene for Dec 25th.
Divya Puri who is a stylist and saw the movie says that a majority of costumes and hair styles, especially for the female lead, we're not in keeping with the time frame of the movie, which is, the early 70s
As Gordon-Levitt is walking the rope at a height, we do not see his hair ruffled by the wind, despite breeze blowing all around.
Philippe Petit (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), guided by his real-life mentor, Papa Rudy (Ben Kingsley), is aided by an unlikely band of international recruits, who overcome long odds, betrayals, dissension and countless close calls to conceive and execute their mad plan.
Robert Zemeckis, the master director of such marvels as Forrest Gump, Cast Away, Back to the Future, Polar Express and Flight, again uses cutting edge technology in the service of an emotional, character-driven story. With innovative photorealistic techniques and IMAXÂ® 3D wizardry, The Walk is genuine big-screen cinema, a chance for moviegoers to viscerally experience the feeling of reaching the clouds.
On August 7, 1974 - the day before Richard Nixon announced he would be resigning from office - Philippe Petit, a French aerialist, surprised the city of New York with a high-wire walk between the towers of the almost-completed and partially occupied World Trade Center. Passersby without a moment to spare stopped in their tracks and looked up. They saw the impossible: a man dancing high in the sky, seemingly in the thin air.
"Philippe saw the two towers and he literally drew a pencil line between them and said, 'I've got to put a wire between those towers; I've got to walk.' In his mind, those towers were built for him to create that performance," says Zemeckis. "What's amazing about Philippe, and why I think his story is unique but universal, is that's what happens to all artists. If you ask an artist, Why did you paint this painting? Why did you write this music? Why did you make this movie? - there's never any answer. Anyone who pursues an unlikely dream will identify with that feeling that was inside of Philippe - that he had to do this, no matter what the cost."
The Walk has elicited a positive response at the box-office and Tweetizens are raving about the film too. Here's what they have to say...
Just saw @TheWalkMovie. Wow. Remarkable filmmaking. Amazing performance by @hitRECordJoe. And a true love letter to the towers. See it.