“The Fall” (2006)


MOVIE REVIEW: “The Fall” stars Lee Pace (Guardians of the Galaxy, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey), Catinca Untaru (The Dowry [Short], Katya & the Scarlet Sails), Jeetu Verma (Bodyguard, Soldier), Leo Bill (28 Days Later…, Alice in Wonderland), Robin Smith (Invictus, Hearts & Minds), Marcus Wesley, Julian Bleach (Avengers: Age of Ultron, Lés Miserables [2012]), Daniel Caltagirone (The Pianist, The Beach), and Sean Gilder (Gangs of New York, King Arthur). It is directed by Tarsem Singh (Self/Less, Immortals), who also wrote it with Dan Gilroy (Nightcrawler, Real Steel) and Nico Soultanakis (Wanderlust [Video Documentary Short], Nostalgia [Documentary Short]). In a Los Angeles hospital during the 1920s, a young girl named Alexandria (Untaru) forms a bond with an injured movie stuntman when he tells her a story about love, revenge, and death.


Never before have I heard of “The Fall” until last night, where my friend requested of me to watch it with him. I’m sure that very little of you have heard of this as well, considering how little it made in the United States during its 2006 run. From what I’ve deduced, it’s a hidden gem regarded highly by filmmakers for its abstract storytelling and luscious visuals. After viewing this picture, I can safely agree that this is a movie worth studying. Cinematography is definitely a key aspect when it comes to analyzing “The Fall,” as you can tell by the images and trailer provided in this review. Bold colors and dirty, yet stylistic landscapes plague the screen, all in order to evoke an emotion of depression and utter sadness. Of course, to come to this conclusion, one must read between the lines; and boy are there thick lines to read between. So much life is breathed into this picture yet so much sadness, and as I traversed through this childish playground of characters and backgrounds (when in story form), I began to unravel and witness a chaotic and tormented emotion behind it. I am sure that many popcorn moviegoers wouldn’t find the beauty in this piece. It is something that asks a lot from the audience to read into, but that is what I find to be the best quality of it. This plot moves at its own pace, never waiting for the viewer to catch up. That’s not to say that it is fast, but rather in its own world. In terms of what I thought of this story, I will say that it is a tasteful and gritty experience. There were certain things that caught me off guard, such as the costuming, but oddly enough this movie’s audacity and zaniness grew on me. Going back to cinematography, this is clearly a beautiful feature, filled with wonder in each shot. This movie took advantage of actual locations, never resorting to green screen backgrounds, which is a surprising thing to know considering how picturesque and imaginary these backgrounds seem. The color grading is truly fantastic, and the bizarre costuming only adds to the fact of this story being told both in the minds of a grown, sadistic adult and a young, bright girl. My general feeling towards some of the stylistic choices Tarsem chose does affect this film’s grade, so if there were anything that I found to be a con, it would all lie in my opinion. Everything in this was aesthetically pleasing and done professionally, so there is really nothing I can draw out or nitpick that doesn’t have to do with my overall impression. Pushing away from the story realm of this flick, the work done in reality was really balanced and fleshed out well. While the story Roy Walker (Pace) told hinted at his inner turmoil, reality was a smack to the face, often teetering on the edge of darkness. A lot that goes on in this, especially during the third act, is sad, but contributes to the weight of this plot. The further I delved into this film, the more I enjoyed it, and by the time the last ten minutes arrived, I was enthralled by the adventure. The first act was sluggish and rather confusing, but the closer this movie came to a close, the better it got. Once a resolution was reached, I couldn’t help but applaud in my mind, for it was truly a satisfying ending to a dark movie experience. The performances, while exaggerated in Walker’s story, were immensely gripping in reality, and gave a heartbreaking feel when balanced against the imaginary world. This film, overall, is one for any movie lover to witness. It may seem basic on the surface, but the further it draws you in, the more layers it reveals. I took immense enjoyment out of watching this, as it captivated me and developed its conflict masterfully, and I recommend anyone to see it who is of age (for this is rated R). FINAL SCORE: 93%= Juicy Popcorn

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