In his review of The Walk, Uproxx’s Mike Ryan says that the last half of the film is “well worth the price of admission.” The film even made him happy. If you’re okay with heights and Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s French accent, then you’ll probably agree with him. But if you’re like several moviegoers who aren’t overly fond of 3D films centering on events happening really, really high up in the air, then you might not agree. (With the film making you happy, not Gordon-Levitt’s accent.)
According to the New York Post, several reports from the New York Film Festival indicate that some members of the audience couldn’t cope with director Robert Zemeckis’ hyper-realistic focus on the height of the World Trade Center. Most encountered mild vertigo, which caused a great deal of discomfort during the latter chunk of the film.
“The last 20 minutes of the film, I had to look away a couple of times because of the sensation of the height,” Denise Widman, a festival attendee, told the paper. “I felt a little bit queasy. I felt nervous. It was a tingling sensation and some anxiety.”
However, a small number of viewers’ inability to process The Walk‘s heights ended up getting sick. And by “getting sick,” what I actually mean is “puking everywhere, on everything, forever.” As New York-based pop culture journalist Mark Harris tweeted, the film is a “bad visual trigger for vertigo sufferers.”
Being that I have never been able to finish watching the full trailer without fleeing the scene and curling into a ball underneath my bed, huddled in the fetal position, I’m further inclined not to see The Walk. You win, Zemeckis.
(Via New York Post)