The Walk

Robert Zemeckis directed a narrative remake of the great documentary Man on Wire. Titled The Walk, it stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Philippe Petit, who walked a tightrope between the two towers of the World Trade Center.

I loved the documentary so much that I was lukewarm on a narrative remake, but seeing the trailer yesterday (before the braindead Jurassic World) revealed a new nugget: it's being screened in 3D. Longtime readers know I'm not a huge fan of 3D unless it's real, but joy of joys, The Walk was shot in 3D. And it will be screened at IMAX theaters. Though I highly doubt it was shot in IMAX format (those cameras are enormous), this is one time I'd seek it out in that format, given the subject.

Seeing the inevitable overhead shot of Petit on the tightrope, with the sidewalk of NYC a stomach-dropping 1,800 feet below, with nothing but a one-way fall by way of gravity in between, in 3D, on a giant IMAX screen?

“His palms are sweaty, knees weak, arms are heavy. There's vomit on his sweater already, mom's spaghetti.”