Quarantine Movie Review: The Walk

A few nights ago, the kids wanted to switch things up a bit for our evening activities. Tomas was keen on watching a movie in 3D, and the other kids seconded the motion, so I looked through the blurays I’d bought to find something that might work for everyone, including MC. I finally settled on The Walk, a movie I’d heard great things about (especially for 3D) a couple of years ago. I’d bought the film back then, but we had yet to crack it open.

No time like quarantine to correct that, right?

It was a fantastic film, based on the real life effort of a man to tightrope walk between the Twin Towers back in the 70s, before they’d both opened to the public. Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and directed by Robert Zemeckis (Back to the Future, Forrest Gump, Contact), it was a total blast, and I can definitely recommend it for a 3D experience. (On a big screen, at least. It was super on my 105″ set up. If you have something smaller, it wouldn’t be as good. This is one where bigger is definitely better. It would have been incredible in theaters.)

Part of that is because a lot of the drive of the movie comes from the tense scenes where he’s preparing for his tightrope walk. Because of course, this wasn’t something he was allowed to do legally. He had to break into the buildings, get his gear to the roof, set it up under the cover of darkness, and then traipse out there before anyone could stop him. That doesn’t sound too incredibly difficult until you think of the details. You can’t just string a rope up between those towers. Not if you want it to bear your weight. You need a hefty steel cable for that, and it needs proper support. So he had to enlist accomplices and make quite the heist plan to get it all done.

Every time the camera would pan down from those towers, and you saw the ground way below, my palms would get sweaty. It wasn’t necessarily a fun movie to sit through, but it was definitely entertaining. (Diminished only somewhat by the constant reminder in the back of my head of the ultimate fate of those two towers . . .)

If you’re looking for something to really get your mind off our current mess, I can definitely recommend this movie. It’s on Amazon Prime to rent for $3. I give it a 9/10.


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