‘The Walk’ falls short of documentary (Our grade: B-)

In this image released by Sony Pictures, Joseph Gordon-Levitt portrays Philippe Petite in a scene from, "The Walk." The film, about high-wire artist Phillippe Petit’s cabled walk between the Twin Towers in 1974, opened the 53rd New York Film Festival on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015.  (Sony Pictures via AP)

In this image released by Sony Pictures, Joseph Gordon-Levitt portrays Philippe Petite in a scene from, “The Walk.”  (Sony Pictures via AP)

Michael Phillips – Chicago Tribune

Marsh’s film won the Oscar for best documentary, and it deserved more — a best picture nomination, at least. So. Where does that leave “The Walk,” director Robert Zemeckis’ fancy, fictionalized docudrama version of the grandest act of poetic terrorism ever committed on American soil?

I cannot say how I’d feel about “The Walk” if I’d never seen “Man on Wire,” because I did see “Man on Wire,” and I can’t un-see it. I love it. I can only say “The Walk” struck me as an honorable good try of an also-ran, though with some lovely things to offer, especially when the preamble and preparations and backstage dramas wind down and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who portrays Petit, takes that first step.

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