March 13: Man On Wire (#13)

It's Friday the 13th! And in true Friday the 13th style, here's a documentary about something completely unrelated to Friday the 13th... or is it? *twilight zone music#DocuMarch day 13 is about an incredibly cool... strange... funny... and passionate man named Philippe Petit, a professional tightrope walker. 

The film Man on Wire tells the story of his insane (and insanely illegal) tightrope walk between the World Trade Center's Twin Towers in 1974.

Petit’s beautiful act takes on special significance in light of the destruction of the Towers, making the film even more emotional. If you need to find a glimmer of hope in a nasty world, Man on Wire will convince you that being human in the face of oppressive superstructures is possible.
— Complex.com

THOUGHTS

Prepare to have your mind absolutely blown by this crazy Frenchman. Even the way he talks feels like every word he's saying is part of an epic motivational speech being delivered to those who need it most. Each sentence so precise and with cadence to make a public speaker jealous, Petite is a fascinating dude. 

Another one that favored well on Rotten Tomatoes (100%!!), Man On Wire absolutely will not disappoint anyone with a rebellious, adventurous, and wild spirit. He's basically like a 9 year-old boy trapped in an adult's body who refused to stop climbing trees & start paying bills. Even more evocative is the fact that these are the same Twin Towers that most of my generation associates with feelings of destruction, pain, and sadness. Seeing them in a different light was not only refreshing, but almost therapeutic for me. 

TL;DR 

A story about a crazy French dude who illegally strings a tightrope between the Twin Towers... then walks across it. 

5 of 5 Stars!

Onwards,
--Justin