Tuesday, April 3, 2012

The Fall

Tarsem Singh's The Fall is one of those rare films that effortlessly blends storytelling and stunning visuals. Not since Fellini have we seen such a feat.

The film focuses on Alexandria (Catinca Untaru) and stuntman Roy (Lee Pace), both recovering in the same hospital. As a way of passing the time, Roy tells Alexandria a tale of adventure and revenge. However, there is a motive behind Roy's story.

It's heartbreaking to see Alexandria completely unaware of Roy's intents, more so when she learns of them. It's not that Roy thinks Alexandria is stupid but rather he wants someone who doesn't ask questions to help him. Roy doesn't regret what he does at first, but he most definitely does later on.

Now onto the technical aspects. The cinematography is gorgeous and adds to the beauty of the surreal imagery. The costumes are rich in vibrant color. The score is full of life. This film is the reason for why Blu-ray exists.

The Fall is a gorgeous film, both physically and emotionally. It's also a very devastating film. It may scream out "Art film!" in some scenes, but that's easy to overlook. It's just a marvel to watch.

My Rating: *****


  1. As I said on Twitter, I can't wait to see this. Looks all kinds of awesome and beautiful. Pleased to see a 5-star rating.

  2. I love this movie too. I think you hit the nail on the head with your comment about how seamlessly it blends great storytelling and stunning visuals. I'm glad to see you gave it such a glowing review. :-)

  3. Good review. This is the only one of Tarsem's films where there is actually some story to go along with the beautiful images.

  4. Glad you enjoyed this one. This is the movie that introduced me to Tarsem and wow, he certainly is a visual maestro. The cinematography alone is worth seeing here, but the story is quite engaging as well as it's mind-boggling at the same time.

  5. I really need to see this soon! the main girl is Romanian and it was her first role, from what I read! tracking it down tomorrow or the next week!


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