March 10, 2011

The Fall - 2008

Director: Tarsem Singh
Writer: Tarsem Singh
Starring: Lee Pace

"You always stop at the same part, when it's very beautiful. Interesting." In a Los Angeles hospital in the 1920s, paralyzed stuntman Roy (Pace) tells a little girl with a broken arm a fantastic story about a masked bandit, an Indian warrior, an ex-slave, an Italian demolitions expert, and Charles Darwin teaming up to end the reign of a cruel despot.

At first glance, The Fall may seem a bit unwieldy based on premise alone, but you'd be making a mistake to let that turn you off. This is by far one of the most visually breathtaking films I've ever seen, and unlike a certain James Cameron film, the storyline (while simple, as it's intended for a child) is wholeheartedly original. The cast does a great job in their dual roles and people in the hospital and characters in Roy's story, and Pace as well as the young actress playing the little girl are heartbreaking and heartwarming, respectively. I'm not terribly jazzed about the upcoming Greek mythology-inspired film from the same director, but this is definitely one I'd pick up to watch again if I saw it for sale. A-

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