There’s no denying the colossal achievement of French funambulist extraordinaire Philippe Petit, who broke records – and the law – when he walked between New York’s Twin Towers in 1974. Already the subject of James Marsh’s excellent Oscar-winning 2008 documentary Man on Wire, whose title was taken from a police report about the event, this mammoth physical and emotional undertaking is now commemorated by Robert Zemeckis in The Walk, which is also based on Petit’s book To Reach the Clouds.
Summer of love?
Although it bills itself as an anti-romantic comedy, 500 Days of Summer is likely to be one of the most delightful and surprisingly uplifting films you see this year. Not only are its two leads, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel, totally charming in their roles, but writers Scott Neustadter and Michael Weber and director Marc Webb have constructed a film that’s as clever as it is enjoyable.
Anyone who’s seen one or both of the Transformers movies may think they know what to expect from this latest collaboration between toy giants Hasbro and movie studio Paramount Pictures. So, then, it may come as something as a surprise to say that GI Joe is far more enjoyable than either of Michael Bay’s head-splitters. True, it’s utter action fantasy aimed squarely at kids and anyone who remembers playing soldiers in their back garden – the boys playfighting at the front of the screening I attended were clearly having an absolute ball – but if you take it in the spirit it’s intended there’s fun to be had.