Man on Wire

18 02 2011

Rating: PG-13

Runtime: 1 hr. 34 mins.

Rotten Tomatoes: 100%, 8.4/10

The setting of the film is in New York City, atop the World Trade Centers. In 1974, Philippe Petit walked out across a wire strapped between the two towers with nothing but a tightwalker’s pole and his skill to keep him from falling. Man on Wire follows Petit throughout his life and preparation for this amazing feat.

The plot is not necessarily intriguing. After all, we know he survives because he is the one recalling the event throughout the film, and in the middle, the film can seem a bit long for its content.

What is most interesting, though, is the way in which he tells the story. Petit had a passion and while it is difficult for many people to comprehend why anyone would want to risk his life in that way, the way Petit talks about his obsession is simply beautiful. As it turns out, I think we could all learn a little about living life to the fullest from this crazy, death-defying Frenchman.

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