Incredible story. Incredible performance. Incredible cinematography. And above all, this actually happened in real life.
There’s an interesting talk about people’s preference for biopics that you can watch by clicking here. It’s coordinated by Josie Rourkie and the precious information is provided by James Marsh (director of The Theory of Everything and Man on Wire, which is based on the same story as The Walk), Aaron Sorkin (who wrote the screenplay for the new Steve Jobs movie), Tom Hiddleston (love you, Tom) and some other very smart people.
Aaron Sorkin sais that this trend is totally natural for human beings, because we are born with a degree of voyeurism. We want to know what other people do. The reason is different, I think, for each of us. Maybe it’s because we appreciate a person and we want to imitate his or her behaviour. Maybe we want someone to compare to. Or it’s just so we can adapt better in our relationships with other people.
Tom Hiddleston explains that biopics appeal so much to us lately because we can relate easier to the characters.
An interesting thing about biopics is that we take almost everything literally. We talk about them as if that’s exactly what happened, but the truth is that what we see is one of the many versions of truth. The director’s and screenplay writers jobs are to enhance the moral of the story with the help of the visual components and dialogue (and some other stuff too).
Okay, now back to The Walk.
I was (and still am) utterly fascinated by the story. A man whose dream is to walk on a wire, above a void that could be the end of him. Like seriously now, this is one of the most unusual things I have ever heard of. And I loved it.
Wire walking, as presented by Philippe Petit, is for me the art of not dying. What I felt when I saw this movie was his passionate desire to truly live. To feel that line between existence and non-existence and just frickin laugh in its face. This movie showed us how life itself can be art.
I can’t really put in words what I felt while watching this, but that’s a good thing.
Fun facts of this production include Joseph Gordon-Levitt being trained by the actual Philippe Petit, who btw is 66 now, and made the walk when he was 24 (and I thought I was rebellious, oh man). After watching the movie I caught myself wondering if the real life Philippe was, idk, sane. And after watching some interviews I can only say that he seems so. It’s really difficult for me to accept the fact that someone can willfully risk his life like that, but what is life if not a series of surprises, heh?
Other fun fact (unofficial this time), Charlotte Le Bon is the lovechild of Salma Hayek and Winona Ryder. You can’t fight me on this.
I advise you to watch this movie and learn that when you have a dream, nothing can stay in your way. And maybe your dream will make history, who knows?
But please, nothing involving fetiches and small animals. Thanks.