The Walk is a movie that needs to be experienced on the big screen. If you are going to see this movie, go to the theaters, preferably in IMAX and 3D. The movie is definitely worth seeing, even if it has its flaws.
The Walk is a biopic about a high-wire artist named Philippe Petit wanting to fulfill his dream of walking on a wire between the two towers (not the Lord of the Rings ones, but the World Trade center Twin Towers). The first three-fourths of the movie follow Petit, played in a very good performance by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, as he figures out what he wants to do with his life upon arriving in NY. His girlfriend Annie Allix, played by Charlotte Le Bon, is at his side, but she’s never developed into a major character. Ultimately this movie is about Petit’s relationships with two towering steel towers and the crazy thin wire between them where he feels most himslef.
If you're wondering, yes; the climax is great. If you know the story the movie is based on, you know what happens, and it is brought to life extremely well. The sequence is marvelous to look at, and really thrilling, too. But that’s the highlight of the film.
The rest of it feels very average. The romance feels forced and very cliche (and it's done in that way. Even though it's based off a true story, as soon as I saw the female lead, I thought, "Oh boy, here comes the romance!") most of the characters aren't very well developed, and most of the buildup just isn't very fun or enjoyable. And then there's the decision to break the fourth wall and have Philippe Petit speak to the audience directly for most of the film--from the top of the Statue of Liberty, no less.. It didn't flow well with the rest of the movie, nor did it feel necessary. In fact, he spoon feeds us most of the information he has to say, and the information he feeds us is something we can imply from the characters or already know. I personally would have focused more on some of the other members of his "coup," as he calls it. Some of the flaws here feel like wasted opportunities, and it makes only occasional scenes we find throughout the film worth watching.
Gordon-Levitt does what he can with the material he is given, especially capturing the inner craziness of a guy who has a crazy dream. but ultimately the actor is not given much to work with. Neither are any of the other actors. They never took me out of the movie, and never really wowed me with their performances either.
The Walk is a mixed bag. It has a very thrilling 30 minutes which are done extremely well and perfectly capture something which is hard to do in the theaters; anxiousness and fear of heights. (Especially considering we already know what happens in the story and should expect that.) But this is a film you should see, just to see the last half hour of it. If you can, see it, and I would see it in theaters. It is truly an experience, and I think it is worth it for precisely that experience.