With this movie, I marked my hat-trick of watching movies based on a true story, and surprisingly, not even a single one has disappointed me yet. The other two movies were Everest and Into The Wild. Robert Zemeckis’ The Walk is a very exciting and exhilarating account of a remarkable incident from the past – when a man named Philippe Petit – wire-walked atop the twin towers of the World Trade Center in NYC.
Robert Zemeckis, the director of epics like Castaway and Forrest Gump, has shown his class again with an impeccable direction. But I guess the best part of the movie is its story, written by the man himself – Philippe Petit – about his journey to the top of the world, literally. The storyline begins with a little touch on the past life of Philippe, heading towards the ultimate goal of wire walking between the two towers of World Trade Center, which he successfully achieves.
The execution of the story was equally incredible. Though I wasn’t impressed by the acting skills of Joseph Gordon-Levitt, but I still held my breath when the guy was walking between the South Tower and the North Tower on a steel wire without any safety harness in a way as if he’s walking in the Central Park. The movie has been executed with great care, not blowing it out of proportion, maintaining the integrity n still conveying the message that Impossible is Nothing.
Overall, I think the movie is based on a very strong storyline, and has been executed really well. Just imagining that it is all based on a true story makes your goosebumps rise like thorns. I loved watching it n I hope u too.
There are some movies that you watch, you like and you forget. There are others that you like and you remember. But then there are a very few movies that impact the way you look at life. James Marsh directed The Theory of Everything is one such movie that leaves you with more than a fresh outlook to life.
The Theory of Everything, adapted from Jane Hawking’s book Travelling to Infinity, is about the lives of Jane and Stephen Hawking right from the time they met to the time they departed. It is not a story of Hawking’s great discoveries or a documentary about his achievements. It is a story of the Hawkings as a family – the challenges that the couple faced together and alone, and the decisions they had to make on the way. I judge a movie primarily on two aspects – a strong storyline and an impactful execution. In my opinion, this movie nailed both aspects, making it a strong contender for the Oscars this time.
Apart from mesmerising with the acting, direction and the story, the movie left me with a lot more respect for Jane Hawking who made many sacrifices in her life to keep the legendary Stephen Hawking alive and in great shape. It also left me thinking that if Stephen Hawking, with just a cheek muscle working, can fight the odds and achieve the heights that he has, what stops anyone of us to stop chasing our own dreams.
Not getting much into the philosophy, I think the movie is a definitive watch and I’m sure you will like it.
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Before you read this any further, please note that there might be a spoiler in there, if you read carefully. So, read at your own risk.
Now that we have established that you are not afraid of spoilers, the first one is that this movie has been inspired from Bollywood. It’s got a hero, a heroin, a villain, lots of emotion, many twists and turns, many impossible things happening around, and a Happy Ending. On top of it all, there are ‘They’ who guide the astronauts at every step to help save the mankind from distinction. Not to say there is no adaptation by Hollywood. No prize for guessing who saves the world this time – USA. Long live America!
Let’s get to the nuts and bolts of the movie. This is set in the future when all of a sudden, there are dust storms all across (the USA) and the world is coming to an end. To resolve this issue, NASA has established that there is no other option but to transfer the whole human race to another planet (probably to destroy that as well over the next few decades before moving on). And then there is a father – the protagonist – who leads the way through wormholes, black-holes, galaxies and what not to ultimately find a very neatly laid out book-shelf in space from where he can communicate with Earth. And who laid out this book-shelf? ‘They’. That might all sound a little too complicated and absurd, but apparently, that is the reason for this movie receiving critical accolades. And while you are trying to move your head around with all this, there is some technical gibberish going around that is supposed to confuse you (and as a result appreciate the movie).
In a nutshell, this movie is all about emotions and relations, and not about the space or the Fifth Dimension. So, if you are interested in watching a little more ‘happening’ version of Gravity with more drama and more characters added to it, this movie is exactly what you are looking for.
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