James Marsh's documentary raises the bar for the genre to skyscraper height. show more
He had the fearlessness of a 104-story man and something more than a daredevil's brass. show more
Man on Wire is about the vanquishing of the towers by bravery and joy, not by terrorism. show more
MAN ON WIRE - Documentary of the events of Philippe Petit's "afternoon stroll" between the Twin Towers. Movie covers this like a glove, from the planning of the blessed event, the troubles, worries etc of his accomplises, the getting past the guards, the way they managed to sneak some unbelieveably sized equipment from the ground floor to the roof etc etc etc. It's told back in forth in flash backs, with each of his accomplises relaying their views and given the audience pieces of info on how and who and when. And it's tied together so well even my memory could keep up. And nearly as much as the event itself, the planning and (things I shall not mention that would fail with words to describe) all relayed to us by each of his accomplisses. You can truly feel, outside of Phelippe hiself, noone else thought they could pull it off. Every scene once they get to the roof is live footage. They recorded it all on tape, all the accomplisses chip in with dialogue/retrospect where they fit in. Once he gets on the wire, people in the street below start realizing what is going on, and it's like new york city stops, everyone is looking up, so as passbyers wander up and see everyone else looking up they look up, frozen in disbelief as is everyone else, watching Philippe live out his dream. I found myself on the edge of my seat often enough to notice it, which really would only take once, but I was there far more than once. Loved it! 5outta 5. I REPEAT THIS IS A DOCUMENTARY..BIG YAWNNNN, IT AIN'T! NEW YORKERS SHOULD BE LINING UP TO SEE IT!
Breathtaking - and a pleasure to see the Twin Towers as they were meant to be, not as a reminder of destructive evil