I see everything. I have seen thousands of movies. I own over a thousand movies. ‘The Fall’ is easily one of the ten best movies I have ever seen. It is definitely the most beautiful movie I have ever seen and it almost didn’t get made.
‘The Fall’ is about a paralyzed stunt man, Roy (Lee Pace), who meets a four-year-old girl, named Alexandria (Catinca Untaru), in a 1915 Los Angeles hospital. The stunt man tells the young girl a story, and while we hear him narrate the story, we see it through the eyes of the young girl’s imagination. The two develop a friendship during these storytelling sessions, but the story is just a trick to manipulate the young girl into doing a favor for the stunt man.
7 years, 28 countries, and millions of dollars from the personal savings of director Tarsem Singh; that is how this movie was made. Tarsem was making a great living directing commercials. He had one hit-or-miss film, ‘The Cell’ that reached audiences in 2000, but other than that his career was strictly advertising. He was in a relationship, ready to settle down and start a family. Then he was left by his long time girlfriend, causing him to re-evaluate his reasons for saving money. He sold everything to make this film and I am so glad he did.
This is the most beautiful film I have ever seen. I know I already said that, but it really cannot be said enough. The cinematography, choreography, set design, production design, location scouting, editing transitions, and costumes are all the best I have ever seen. He traveled and filmed in 28 countries to capture the most beautiful landscape and architecture that our planet has to offer. Then he pieced it together to create a magical land that could rival ‘Oz’. Except this ‘Oz’ really exists.
Catinca Untaru is absolutely brilliant as Alexandria. Her purity and innocence carried this movie a long way. In all honesty, I think she should have gotten an Oscar nomination, even as a young child. Her performance was much better than Quvenzhané Wallis, who was nominated for ‘Beasts of the Sothern Wild’. Its a grey area debating if a child is really “acting”, but if they create a remarkable character on-screen, then they should be rewarded the same as any other actor.
I guarantee that if you dig the trailer, you will love the film. This film has skyrocketed Tarsem’s feature filmmaking career, giving him the opportunities to direct ‘Immortals’, ‘Mirror Mirror’, and the upcoming ‘Marco Polo’.
There is so much I can say about this film, but words just don’t do it justice. It is like watching fine art for two hours. Even the trailer, featuring the Second Movement Allegretto from Beethoven’s Symphony No.7, is mesmerizing. The trailer has over 2 million views on Youtube and 0 dislikes. Do you know how good something has to be in order to have 0 of the Youtube trolls bash it? Neither do I, but that sure says a lot.
Check out the trailer: