Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Sony’s “The Walk” Opened the New York Film Festival, Was Praised, And is Already Gone

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This is a shock. Robert Zemeckis’s “The Walk” is over after 30 days and just about $10 million at the box office. “The Walk” was a passion project for new Sony chief Tom Rothman. The movie opened the New York Film Festival, was highly praised by critics, and seemed poised for an Oscar run.

But now, it’s over. No one walked, let alone ran, to see Joseph Gordon Levitt balance being Philippe Petit as he toed the high wire between the late World Trade Center buildings. Amazing computer graphics, good acting, the Zemeckis legacy– he’s made so many great films from “Back to the Future” to “Roger Rabbit” and “Forrest Gump,” not to mention the recent “Flight.”

Still, “The Walk” drummed up a total of $27 million worldwide, maybe a little more. We don’t know since Sony didn’t report figures today for the final weekend. What a shame for everyone involved. There will be plenty of finger pointing and blame. I do think Sony rushed the film into theaters after the New York Film Festival. But no one asked me. Maybe “The Walk” will be rediscovered at some point. I hope so.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedmanhttps://www.showbiz411.com
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.
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