Review: Walk With Me

Walk With Me

Walk With Me is a snapshot into the world of true zen; not in the sense of how to reach zen, but a view into how monks and nuns live their lives, earn their money, and cope with the boredom of repetitive tasks. Walk With Me introduces us to the meditative world and the art of mindfulness within a monastic society led by famous teacher Thich Nhat Hanh.

Walk With Me, as may be very fitting, is a quiet and measured film. Interspersed with reflective quotes by Benedict Cumberbatch the majority of this film is without dialogue and strikingly, no narration. Walk With Me does not lead in any clear direction. There’s no understand or explanation of what you’re seeing or why you’re seeing it. As  you’ll discover when watching, this monastic society asks its participants to be forever in their present moment, enjoying what is seen and not what is hoped to be seen. Walk With Me personifies the teachings of its participants and is masterful in its portrayal.

Its beauty and patience are undeniable. Unfortunately, this proves to be its own downfall’ At times it does drag on and can be  difficult to watch. Benedict Cumberbatch sounds increasingly strained trying to reduce the pace of his speech below the norm and often thats what watching the documentary feels like, frustrated. It’s a shame, as the camera work is spectacular, the participants are perfect and graceful, and the sound is phenomenal. How the crew were able to so successfully capture the sound of ants crawling on a woven rug, I don’t know, but it’s amazing! Yet, its not going to capture the imagination of a wide ranging audience, even with the Cumberbatch name.

Walk With Me is a documentary for people who love documentaries. Cinema buffs that love a film that encapsulates the subject will adore this, as well as those interested in monastic life. I just don’t think the majority of people would enjoy 30 minutes of silence, regardless of beautiful cinematography. I enjoyed parts of it, but I couldn’t watch it again.

We hope you're enjoying BRWC. You should check us out on our social channels, subscribe to our newsletter, and tell your friends. BRWC is short for battleroyalewithcheese.

Trending on BRWC:

R.I.P.D 2 Rise of the Damned: The BRWC Review

By Matt Conway / 16th November 2022 / 5 Comments
The Willowbrook: Review

The Willowbrook: Review

By Joel Fisher / 7th November 2022

A Christmas Karen: Review

By Joel Fisher / 21st November 2022

Triangle Of Sadness: The BRWC Review

By Matt Conway / 4th November 2022
The Killing Tree: Review

The Killing Tree: Review

By Joel Fisher / 1st November 2022

Cool Posts From Around the Web:

Films, games, Godzilla and Scott Pilgrim; these are the things that Alex loves. As he tries to make use of the fact he’s always staring at a screen or in a book, you’ll hopefully be treated to some good reviews along the way (though he doesn’t promise anything).



This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.