The true story of Frenchman Philippe Petit’s crossing of the Twin Towers hits the screen this year, led by one of the best American B-list actors of the generation. Nobody doubts his talent, but can his name alone make this a success?
Based on the true story, The Walk stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Philippe Petit, the only person ever to tightrope from the roof of one World Trade Centre building to the other. The film basically follows Him and his team’s preparation for the event.
Looking at the description for the film written by Sony Picture Entertainment, this looks like one of those films made for the visuals as much as the story. The description talks about the director, Robert Zemeckis, who directed of the visually ground-breaking Back to the future, Oscar winner Forrest Gump and Polar Express, to name a few. The description they give talks about ‘cutting edge technology’ and ‘innovative photorealistic techniques and IMAX 3D wizardry’. This all gives the impression that the story is almost of less importance than the visuals themselves.
Gordon-Levitt, who I think would always see himself as an innovator, is probably the perfect person for a film like this. The only question is the nationalities – an American playing a Frenchman. However, I don’t doubt that Levitt will be able to pull it off to a good enough standard.
Set for release on the 9th October, the success or failure of this film all comes down to how it is marketed. The story itself, and the lead actor, won’t be enough for this to be a success in my opinion. However, a big marketing campaign could generate enough interest to get people through the doors. Also, I think this is a film that will be awesome in IMAX cinemas, and if you can I think you should see it in at least 3D.