I’m not the type of person to see something and be in awe of its beauty. It’s safe to say that you wont see me crying over the next sunset or rainbow. I am however, unashamed to say that The Fall is the most beautiful film I have ever seen. It hasn’t gotten any publicity since its limited release in 2006, and I believe it to be one of the biggest mistakes of human kind. Okay, maybe that might be a bit hyperbolic. But still, it is a beautiful story, filled with beautiful images, and beautiful music. In short, The Fall is beautiful.
The story travels back and forth between the real world and the imagined. In the real world a injured, and drug-addicted Hollywood stuntman (Lee Pace) is befriended by a young girl in a hospital set in the 1920’s. Throughout the movie, the stuntman has his ups and downs and attempts to manipulate the young girl (played perfectly by Catinca Untaru) by feeding his drug addiction. Meanwhile, he tells the story of 6 men bent on the killing of one man, Governor Odious. Think The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen with brighter clothes. Darwin, a former slave, an Indian, a mystic, a demolitions expert, and the main character, the Black Bandit.
The combination between the visuals and the music is stunning. Even though the film was shot in 18 different countries, it feels as if were all taking place in the same world. And the final moments are as dramatic as possible. It’s a great and unappreciated film; one worth watching. The R-Rating is pretty confusing, when there is only a tad of violence (nothing new to today’s audience). Bottom line, go see it.