Mr. Movie

'Man on Wire': A taut documentary

On August 7, 1974, Frenchman Philippe Petit strung a wire between the World Trade Center’s twin towers.

While the police and security officials frantically tried to get him to stop, Petit spent 45 minutes cavorting between one tower and the other 110 floors up.

Man on Wire documents how the charismatic Petit and several friends planned his incredible feat. The planning is interesting, and watching Petit walk on, or around, other structures is fascinating.

But there isn’t enough decent footage or interesting information to keep you from feeling as if writer/director James Marsh padded his documentary for length.

Once Marsh gets to the few minutes the movie spends on the actual event, Man on Wire boggles the mind. It just takes a little bit too long to get there.

Rated PG-13 for mature themes. It opens today at the Carmike 12.

Mr. Movie rating: 4 stars

5 stars to 4 1/2 stars: Must see on the big screen

4 stars to 3 1/2 stars: Good film, see it if it's your type of movie.

3 stars to 2 1/2 stars: Wait until it comes out on video.

2 stars to 1 star: Don't bother.

0 stars: Speaks for itself