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Skip ‘The Walk’ And Watch ‘Man On Wire’ Instead – Tyler Coates

Robert Zemeckis‘ new dazzling CGI-fueled wonder The Walk opens in select IMAX theaters tomorrow (it gets a wide release in regular theaters on October 9), and follows an infamously quirky moment in New York City history: on August 7, 1974, the French high-wire artist Philippe Petit strolled across a wire stretched between the World Trade Center towers, causing an sensation before he was apprehended by the NYPD after a 45-minute performance (during which he made eight passes on the wire).

The Walk stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt as the spritely little French imp who bounces and balances on that wire 1,300 feet above the ground, and while early buzz says that the film’s final act (focusing on the titular walk itself) is quite a marvel, the rest of the movie is, well, kind of boring and beleaguered by Gordon-Levitt’s accent that sounds more like Pepé Le Pew than Philippe Petit. Of course, you don’t have to head to your local IMAX to experience Petit’s story. It was already the focus on an Academy Award-winning documentary: James Marsh’s Man on Wire.

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