Sunday, September 27, 2015

HIGH WIRE WALK IS HARD TO WATCH


  It doesn't come close to being one of the best movies of the year but it certainly contains some of the most hair-raising and hard-to-watch scenes ever filmed.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt on the high wire
  I watched  The Walk, the story of  French wire-walker Philippe Petit’s gutsy, secret and unauthorized 1974 high-wire walk between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in 3D and IMAX and felt I was out on a limb with Petit as he crossed and re-crossed the wire.
 Although the build-up to the walk itself is slow-moving and the dialogue could do with some improvement, once Petit, played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt with a thick French accent,  starts on his walk the tension is breath-taking. 
  It held particular interest for me because I too, attempted to walk the wire between the Twin Towers via virtual reality arranged by Sony a couple of months ago.
I couldn't manage one step
  But with the Hudson River a mere ribbon of water way to my left, the traffic and people just dots far below and the wind howling in my ears I couldn't even manage one step. Even though my mind knew I was only walking along a line on the floor. I really felt I was stepping out above New York. It was that real to me.
  But safely grounded in Santa Monica, with a sumptuous Four Seasons Sunday brunch following the screening and a (hardly visible) Super Moon to gaze at in the evening, it was an interesting day.  
  

3 comments:

  1. Man on a Wire was the documentary and probably better.

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  2. I bet I could have taken at least a few steps!! If there was a beer at the other end who knows what one could accomplish? :p

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