I've never really been fussed with 3D. I don't usually seek out 3D sessions of movies for the sake of seeing it in 3D. If that's the only one it's the only one, but I usually just go and see my movies in 2D. The Walk, however, was a different story. This was one I felt needed to be in 3D, and I'm so glad that it was. For a film like this one, seeing it in 2D just isn't enough. It just won't have the same effect on you. The Walk is a film made for the third dimension, and I can only imagine how much cooler it would be watching it in IMAX.
The Walk is the true story of Phillippe Petit (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), a French high wire walker with big ambitions. He's constantly looking for a new place to hang his wire, whether it's a tree, a lake or the Notre Damn cathedral. After a visit to the dentist, Phillippe reads an article about the construction of the World Trade Centre towers in New York, and it's at this moment that he instantly falls in love with them. He wishes to place his wire between them and walk across it, and so he puts his dream into full effect, moving to New York with his girlfriend, Annie (Charlotte Le Bon). When he gets there, Philippe starts to assemble a team, hoping to break into the building just before it finishes construction and live out his dream once and for all.
The Walk is an astonishing accomplishment in terms of filmmaking. It's a visually beautiful film, director Robert Zemeckis able to recreate this story with complete realism. It's a delight to watch, his use of colouring beyond perfect. Starting out in France, the film begins in black and white, only certain objects appearing in colour. It's dazzling to look at, but incredibly pointless. Once the colour hits in, however, the film finds its visual style, and by the time we get to the finale, my jaw had dropped. Frequent Ridley Scott collaborator Dariusz Wolski has made his most visually impeccable film yet.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt takes his acting skills to the next level with this movie. It's certainly not his best work, but he once again proves himself to be a tremendous actor. His character constantly seems to be on the brink of insanity, and Levitt doesn't fail to show that. He nails both the drama and the comedy, all while showing the determination that his guy had. He didn't do this for money or for fame. He did this because he wanted to do it, and Levitt couldn't have been the more perfect fit.
When we finally get to the long-awaited walk, it will take your breath away. I know as a fact it took away mine. I didn't know what was going to go down in much detail so I won't delve into spoilers, but this man did the unthinkable, and as he was going he managed to defy all expectations. His walk is nuts, and it had me on the edge of my seat the entire time, the 3D only adding to the spectacle. I kid you not, my hands wrinkled up during this movie because of how much it made me sweat. It's a stressful experience, but one that's worthwhile.
To sum up, The Walk is a visual treat with a brilliant performance from Joseph Gordon-Levitt. It had me constantly sitting on the edge of my seat, my palms sweating so much that they wrinkled. It's an entertaining time at the movies and a 3D experience I would certainly recommend.