(…unless we’re counting that episode of Family Matters when Steve Urkel transforms into “Stefan.”)
This guy is a lunatic.
The Walk is the true story of Philippe Petit and his mission to walk a tight rope between the twin towers of the World Trade Center in the 1970s. It was directed by Robert Zemeckis and stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Inception), Charlotte Le Bon (The Hundred-Foot Journey), and Ben Kingsley (a bunch of stuff, but he’ll always be the bad guy in Sneakers to me).
I actually almost ditched this movie 30 minutes in because it felt a little too artsy-fartsy and I couldn’t get over Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s fake French accent. (Disclaimer: I never got over the accent. Not his fault, I just grew up knowing he was the faith-filled American foster child of Angels in the Outfield so I couldn’t separate reality. And when I say “reality” I mean “1990s Disney movies” which are one and the same.)
I’m very glad I stuck with this movie though, because the second half is awesome and strangely captivating. Plus, you get to see JGL’s bum. (PG, though, folks, PG.)
The Walk was dedicated to the victims of the September 11 attacks and I felt like the movie itself did a great job of paying that tribute without being too heavy-handed.
OH, SOMETHING YOU SHOULD KNOW: If you ever decide to break into a couple of skyscrapers to accomplish the wildest tight-rope walk in history, don’t forget to take off your clothes and flail about in the darkness. Victory in History = Intrude in the Nude.
Obviously the core message is the ol’ “nothing is impossible/follow your dreams” type thing, but what I liked most was the strange and peaceful climax of the film. There’s something spiritually elevating about physically high places, and this film tapped into that.
We read in the scriptures about many prophets (and even Christ Himself) quietly climbing atop hills and mountains for special or sacred experiences with God. If we can feel that much closer to our Heavenly Father with even a slight change in earthly elevation, I wonder what it will feel like to embrace Him when our own mortal missions have come to an end.
Not all of us will be pilots, astronauts, or death-defying tight-rope walkers, but our bodies don’t need to move among the clouds if we live our lives in a way that elevates our spirits to new heights.
“I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation. The Lord God is my strength…and he will make me to walk upon mine high places.” — Habakkuk 3:18-19