A little blessing in disguise.
In a hospital on the outskirts of 1920s Los Angeles, an injured stuntman begins to tell a fellow patient, a little girl with a broken arm, a fantastic story about 5 mythical heroes. Thanks to his fractured state of mind and her vivid imagination, the line between fiction and reality starts to blur as the tale advances.
The Fall is Tarsem Singh’s best film. In fact it may well be his only decent film to date. Filmed piecemeal over four years and between commercial jobs it is clear to see this is Tarsem’s passion project. As with most passion projects it suffers from indulgences but for once it entirely suits the story being told. That story revolves around the friendship between a young girl and depressed man recovering in a hospital in the 1920s. Over the course of their stay the man tells the girl fantastical stories which are brought to vivid life by her imagination.
The fantastical story of adventure and revenge weaves in and out of the hospital-bound story and is constantly being manipulated and…
It is easy to judge a director with the visual flair that Singh has on solely that aspect of film making. If we'd do that, we could say that he has more eye for the visuals than for plot and in some cases we'd be right. Here, however, we'd be very wrong indeed.
Story is what drives this film, heck, it's what it's about! This is an ode to storytelling, cinema and love and it is executed perfectly. It is difficult for a film with the story within a story structure to get the balance right, to make both equally interesting. Here, because of the enormous contrast they both have so much to like you won't have to pick favourites.…
This is a tough film to review.
Basically, you should watch it because it's:
1. Unlike anything you've ever seen before (unless you've seen it).
2. Visually magnificent.
But on to the actual review.
There are two stories here: The real one, and the fantastical one.
The real story, which begins after an incredible opening sequence, is a charming and emotional drama between an stuntman and a little girl while both recover from injuries in an early 1900's hospital. The chemistry between the two leads is fantastic, and by the end you completely care about their relationship. It's real, and that's what makes it work. The direction is thoughtful, and in the 2-hour runtime we are brought through many emotions.…
I believe that most of us, film lovers, might have a particular movie, that reach us so deep, that we could easily see it everyday, enjoying it even more at each view, maybe for a thousand reasons, or maybe for no reason.
Today, I can say for sure that "The Fall" is that movie for me.
Sometimes you don't quite know how to review a film. You can't describe it,you just know that you liked it.
Tarsem Singh's "The Fall" fits into that category. Hard to decipher,harder still to explain. Visually stunning with an other-worldly look and feel,it really isn't like anything I've ever seen before. From time to time you watch a film and you genuinely don't know where it's going. "The Fall" is fantasy with an imagination rarely seen today. Adventurous and mystical in equal measure I gave up trying to decipher it and just enjoyed the ride. Thanks to Mike Starr for recommending this,it really is one of a kind.
I'm surprised this was released so long ago, I'd only heard of it because of the current popularity of Lee Pace, but was wary because director "Tarsem" is responsible for one of my personal least favourite films of all time - The Cell, which looked like a early 00's heavy metal video with added J-Lo.
I can gladly say that The Fall is nowhere near as obnoxious as The Cell, but instead hones its (admittedly) striking visual style. Intercutting between a hospital in 20's LA and the colourful fantasy world created by one of its patients, The Fall looks gorgeous. It also appears to be low on CGI and big on locations (the IMDB list is pretty staggering), which is…
Visually and sonically stunning production of a truly moving story. One of the best examples of hi-def tech being put to good use. See it on the biggest screen with the best surround system you can find!
Where do I begin? This bold and ambitious film has to be seen, if just for the experience. The opening credits have Beethoven's majestic and emotive Symphony No.7 playing out a slow motion scene where the main protagonist suffers a serious injury while enacting a stunt for his first film. This scene sets the tone for what is to come. Finding himself in a hospital, potentially paralysed and mending a broken heart, the suicidal man befriends a young girl and weaves a lavish adventure story to win her trust and help him procure drugs with which he intends to take his own life. The fantasy scenes have a Dali like quality, visually stunning and greatly imaginative, and the cinematography both…
Visually stunning with some of the most memorable film scenes ever created. The child actor is amazing and Lee Pace does a great job.
Clever but not smart. Enticing but not stunning. 'The Fall' is a beautifully realized and competently acted 'almost' movie. The true accomplishment of this film is the knowledge that Singh was able to bring his dreams to life and do so in more than historical, but religious locations. But not every dream can be remembered.
What can I say about this movie? The visuals are going to blow your mind. The plot is fascinating, and the actor performances are great.
Every time I watch Lee Pace I fall in love with him again (if we can forget Breaking Dawn), and his performance in this movie didn't disappoint.
This movie slipped through my radar in the past, and I want to make sure that doesn't happen to anyone else.
Make dark stories seem better
Than they really are
great photography :)
The most beautiful movie I've ever seen, emotionally and visually.
This film is really something to behold, and it's made all the more impressive once you find out that the locations are all real and the visual effects were created in-camera. Filmed over four years, and in more than 20 countries, this is a labour of love for director Tarsem (who also financed it himself) and as you can imagine it is completely indulgent to his vision. But the result is something quite unlike anything I've seen, and I wish I had the chance to see this in a theatre because it would have been absolutely magic. Some may not go for the fantastical aspects of the film, but it's worth seeing for the spectacle alone and you'll likely also be won over by the young lead, Catinca Untara, who was only 6 at the time of shooting. One of the most ambitious films I've seen in a long time.