Man On Wire"THERE IS NO WHY."
I am so glad this film was assigned to me as I was avoiding it, even though it was so highly praised. Why would I avoid it? As fate would have it, I had been planing a trip to New York for months before 9/11 and was set to arrive on the 16th. Then the towers fell. Again fate intervened, it turned out they were asking for archaeologists to come down and help sift through the rubble. I ended up working at ground zero for several days. It was terrible.
Man on Wire was hard to watch in parts, bringing back those few days. It is, nonetheless, a great film. The thrill of watching of him on the wire was immeasurable. I can only imagine his emotions. Telling the story as a caper was genius. Although I knew the ending I was still riveted.
And Phillipe, oh Phillip, what a great character! By character I mean, he is so unusual and infectious that you hardly believe him real at times. He is a joy to watch at every moment.
This film will make my top ten of 2008 list, and my top all time documentaries list.
Thank you so much gman for assigning it to me.