Joseph Gordon Levitt plays the guy and he was pretty darn good at it. Add that with Zemeckis great direction and you were in his world. You felt his passion, his reasons, and his dedication.
The movie is kinda a mixture of two genres. The first half is more of an origin story and biographical drama whereas the second half seems like a heist movie. The second half was splendid while the first half kinda stumbled. The first half builds the protagonist nicely but the romance kinda felt meh. It was great seeing him creating a team and planning the event and finally doing it in the second half though. Had all the goodness of a heist movie. Fun secondary characters, plan buildup and execution, tension in failure and improvisation etc.
The cinematography in the movie was really great. The whole final sequence was JAW DROPPING. I actually felt like I was up there with Philippe and the height sent chills down my spine. People afraid of heights will probably get sick in this scene, it was that good. Beautifully handled and had right amount of breathing room. Plus, the use of CGI was great. The world trade towers looked amazing.
One thing that really bugged me, especially in the start was Gordon Levitt's accent. It just felt odd and out of place, even if his acting was great. Also, the way movie handled his narration, with him standing on top of Statue of Liberty and directly talking to us didn't felt good. It took you out of the movie and the narration was sometimes too much where instead they should have just let the scenes do the talking.
Since I had no idea about the story and how it happened, it was suspenseful watching it. And I would suggest everyone to not google the story if you plan on watching it. Going in blind is always the best way.