The Walk Trailer 2. Robert Zemeckis’ The Walk (2015) movie trailer 2 stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ben Kingsley, and James Badge Dale. The Walk‘s synopsis: “The story of French high-wire artist Philippe Petit’s attempt to cross the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in 1974”.
I’m not sure how to respond to this quite yet. This is a Hollywood remake, an adaptation, of sorts, of the beautiful documentary Man on Wire (2008). If you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend it – its a good one. We’re introduced to the playful, childlike Philippe Petit and his utterly professional devotion to high-wire walking, and then ushered into a heist-thriller that takes place in and on the World Trade Center. It’s a beautiful tale, one that captures wonder and enthusiasm better than most studio films. This really happened, and there is validity to your dreams. A man walked across the sky once. You can do it, whatever ‘it’ is.
So now we have a trailer filled with CGI, smoothing out all the edges. Joseph Gordon-Levitt looks odd, as though he were wearing a humanoid costume. The costume is replete with the most jarring blue contact lenses ever put to screen, and a hair-cut that looks unnecessarily wig-like. And yes, I know he speaks French, but his choice of accent still seems a bit put-on. I hope it doesn’t shatter the chance to immerse myself in this film, but if that doesn’t, the plentiful Hollywood-isms sure to be included certainly will. That trip and falter toward the end of the trailer better be an anxiety-induced dream sequence, or it is one of the most telling indicators of what is to come – a puffed up reimagining of the true story, unnecessarily bloated to a shiny, fake product. Sure, the high-wire scenes on an IMAX screen will work wonders on our nerves, but is that really the reason this movie was made – so we can have a Hollywood ‘does he or does he not make it’ ending? The real story is about far more than the simple act, and how scary it must be to walk across the towers. It’s about an innocent energy of youth, setting out do something, and not letting anyone or anything get in the way of your dream.
On the other hand, I enjoy the energy and team-building we get to see here. There’s an excitement contained in this build-up, and it’s always entertaining to watch a group of people figure out how to achieve _________. The accent may vanish from my thoughts once the film gets going, and I could be enticed to see this in theatres. The hope is that this film feels authentic, is energetic and mischievous, and doesn’t compromise on anything – like Philippe from Man on Wire.
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