Friday, October 23, 2015

Movie Reviews: “The Walk,” “Sicario” & “He Named Me Malala”




   The Walk
   Rated PG




In the 1970s Philippe Petit was a Parisian street performer who strung and walked on a high wire between Notre Dame’s towers.  His ultimate dream was to walk between the twin towers of the World Trade Center, a goal he realized on August 7, 1974.

When I first saw the previews, I wondered how it was possible to make a 2-hour film about a short-lived feat.  The filmmakers, however, did a wonderful job piecing together Petit’s story.  The Walk was mesmerizing, especially the high wire scenes.  As we were leaving the theater, both Kevin and I remarked that we were nervous and our palms were sweaty just from watching this film.  If you’d like to see a story about an amazing thing a person can accomplish, The Walk is the film for you!



   Sicario
   Rated R





Idealistic FBI agent Kate Macer is recruited by an elite government team to help stop the flow of drugs between the U.S. and Mexico.  The team’s secrecy and use of questionable practices concern Kate and may eventually lead to her downfall.

With its heavy and violent subject matter, Sicario is unpredictable, yet gripping.  Morally ambiguous, Sicario’s viewers are left questioning whether those battling the drug lords behave as badly as those they are tasked with stopping. 




   He Named Me Malala
   Rated PG-13





Mostly based on the book, I am Malala, this documentary follows the lives of Malala Yousafzai and her family.  She was a 15 year old Pakistani school girl when she was shot by the Taliban for speaking out on girls’ right to an education.  Among other things, He Named Me Malala covers her miraculous recovery, current advocacy and winning of the Nobel Peace Prize.


I loved Malala’s book, I am Malala.  That said, this film covers a lot of the same subject matter, but there are a few gems in the film.  For example, like most 17-yeals olds, Malala gets giddy when discussing boys.  Instead of only seeing Malala as an inspiration and emerging world changer, He Named Me Malala allowed the viewer to see she’s a regular young woman who passionately believes in her cause and realize we are all capable of greatness.  

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