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The Walk - Movie Review

Verdict - "A breathtaking cinema with few noticeable flaws."

Based on a true story of a French high-wire artist named Philippe Petit, The Walk directed by Robert Zemeckis stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Ben Kingsley in the lead and follows Philippe's preposterous dream of walking on a high-wire between the twin towers of the World Trade Center.

Now, a high-wire act between the twin towers makes an exciting movie to watch, the level of joy, interest and admiration will be immense and skyscraping. But remember, this is a two-hour long movie and there is a lengthy one-hour to fill-in the characters, drama and emotion which are most certainly the major drawbacks in the movie. The first half felt quite underwhelming for me, it indeed had few pacing issues and the screenplay never picked up that made the movie a bit torpid at times.

But the major attraction was without a doubt the second half where we finally get to see the thirty-minute long finale and it was breathtaking. Deliberating that these stunts were actually done back in 1974 without any legal permission was mind-boggling. And the approach that Robert Zemeckis took in shooting this movie was remarkable. The wide aerial shots with an addition of some spectacular visual effects felt very authentic and I surely felt the tension in the entire final act which call it as a spine-tingling experience. 

Overall, I recommend watching The Walk for the second half all alone, but the dismal first half made me a little disappointed about the movie. It is surely one of the best movies of the year that could be enjoyed even more if you watch it in a movie theatre.

My Rating - 3.25/5
Grade - B (Entertaining with noticeable flaws!)

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