The buildup slowly delivers information which intends (doesn't succeeds) to create an emotional bond, but then the climax is exceptional. In it, tension is a given—heights are scary—but the sequence aptly doesn't exploit it. As Petit has refused to toy with the idea of death, the film visually represents this; the unique setting and the beauty of the act appropriately heightened, and dispensing the chance of failure.
Awe-inspiring visuals and a wonderful story all around. Nice to see this get a fictional treatment, though Man on Wire is a phenomenal film. The only thing that is a bit bothersome here is Joseph Gordon-Levitt's accent, which comes off as parody on numerous occasions. Yet, this film is such a rare, palm-sweating experience that complaining about that feels almost petty in the grand scheme of the film and its ambition
If one can get past the hammy performances of Levitt (that accent !!!) and Kingsley one will be amazed by the technical achievements of the filmmakers here. The incredible documentary 'Man on Wire' by James Marsh told this tale far better but this film certainly puts the viewer out on the wire with Philippe Petit. Cinematography by Dariusz Wolski is exceptional as is the special effects work capturing tension well.
Cheap storyline, unattractive characters without the pride of professional(WTF is long-faced marijuana dude?) & PIGEON THE ENEMY. 3D's definitely amazing, but Wow-amazing-wow-wow-hm-mew-I-get-weary-of type. Both "Gravity" and this, why do directors spoil own superb vision with sinfully noisy music which shouts out "This sequence is very, VERY VERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRY !!!!!"
As much as I may root for Levitt, this is a hard one to adapt when the documentary 'Man on Wire' works so effectively as a standalone (no pun intended) piece. Still keen to see what Joseph comes up with next.
Speaking of Frenchman, I'm thinking seeing this in IMAX 3D may be the closest I think I'll ever get to the fear and awe of the Lumiere brothers early film of the train pulling into the station freaking out the masses!