Man on Wire
On August 7th, 1974, French high-wire artist Philippe Petit walked on a 450-pound line between New York's Twin Towers, without a harness or safety net, using only a 26-foot pole to balance. The new film The Walk, directed by Robert Zemeckis, re-creates the moment in spectacular 3-D. It's sure to tantalize even the most hardy thrill seeker, but in every other way, the film is inferior to the 2008 award-winning documentary Man on Wire, by James Marsh. No actor, even the incredibly charming Joseph Gordon Levitt, could characterize the infectious passion of Philippe Petit better than the man himself, who gives an account of his walk, and the illegal measures he took to make it happen. Marsh uses firsthand reports and reenactments to present the doc like a heist film in which the score is infamy.