Twenty seven years before the World Trade towers became a symbol for death, hatred and destruction they were something else for a young French tightrope walker named Philippe Petit. The World Trade Towers were for Philippe Petit a symbol of life, excitement and opportunity. On August 7, 1974 Philippe Petit amazed the world by stringing a wire 110 stories above the street and doing acrobatics for 45 minutes to the delight of the crowds below.
The Walk is the story of everything in Philippe’s life that lead him to that moment. It is a combination lighthearted comedy and inspirational action movie. The final scenes of the high wire act were spectacular, but the films is about much more than that.
Many reviewers thought that the movie was too lighthearted, but we loved that aspect of it. Yes, we all remember what happened on 9/11. From my own little town of Basking Ridge, New Jersey, 17 people died in the towers that day.
We loved The Walk because it reminds people that before 9/11 The Towers were something else. They were a wonder that filled people with a sense of excitement and promise. They inspired people into thinking that anything was possible. Any height could be reached if people worked together to achieve it. People came from all over the World to New York not just to see the World Trade center but to try to fulfill their own dreams.
The Walk is about a tightrope walker, only in the same way that Rocky is about a boxer. Rocky is really about a ordinary guy’s struggle for self-respect. The Walk is about a man’s struggle to fulfill a dream that only one or two other people in the world can understand.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt is great as Philippe Petit, the clownish acrobat with a love of life. Ben Kingsley is Papa Rudy, the seasoned tightrope master whose challenge is to get Phillipe to respect the art-form and the danger of his chosen profession.
Charlotte Le Bon is Annie Allix who loves Phillip and hopes that she is not helping him to plan his own death.
We highly recommend The Walk. The World Trade Towers are gone but people still come to America every day to see if they can soar to new heights.