The Fall Reviews
Catinca Untaru, the child actress that plays Alexandria, is one of the best I've ever seen (maybe even THE best). It really shows just how good she was when she manages to outpace the lead adult actor (Lee Pace). I have read that Pace and the crew managed to convince her that the situations in the movie were real (so in a way she could've really not been acting). Either way, she was marvelous, nonetheless.
And speaking of Lee Pace, he also did quite a great job. And to have had played a paralyzed, depressed stunt-man on the brink of suicide, too; it was incredibly convincing. The rest of the actors, naturally, had good performances.
It was alleged (and I believe this was a statement made by the director himself) that that the movie contained absolutely no CGI. Even without that in mind, the movie already had spectacular visuals. Adding that TO mind is even more of an amazement.
It's a small detail, but I love that, despite the way Roy (Pace) intending something in the story, there are a few times were Alexandria interprets it differently. For example, the "Indian" was meant to be a Native American. It's a great way of delving into the girl's thoughts without it being too overt. Although, it wasn't used quite enough, I don't think.
Overall, though, it's a fantastic look at love, heartbreak, depression, and suicide. I think this might be my new favorite movie ever.
this beautiful film.
The Fall tells the story of Hollywood stuntman "Roy Walker" who lands in the hospital while attempting a very difficult stunt in a movie set just to impress a girl he was in love with. While in a hospital bed he meets Alexandria (played brillaintly by newcommer Catinca Untaru) a little girl in the hospital that has a broken arm. After meeting, Roy starts telling Alexandria a fantastical epic tale about five guys (or maybe heroes) who all have the same purpose, and that is to eliminate the "evil" Governor Odious. What follows is an adventure like no other with magnificent landscapes.
The director did a formidable job in the scouting of the locations and cinematographer Colin Watkinson shot them with precision and class. The costumes and set designs were created to fit in with the weirdness and coolness of the story.The girl that played Alexandria and the stuntman had an undeniable chemistry which I haven't seen in film since Maggie Cheung and Tony Leung starred in Wong Kar Wai's "In The Mood for Love".
All in all the film is a gem of modern cinema, and one that has to be seen by everyone and anyone who loves the movies and the joy that comes with watching a truly great film, which I can say with all honesty this movie is.
With thoughtfully script and direction, The Fall creates a profound and meaningful message.