The Fall is one of the most visually stunning movies I’ve ever seen.  I’m not usually one to notice or care about such things, but the backdrops and settings are just absolutely amazing.  Experiencing them is reason enough to watch the film.

The lush atmosphere is, at times, forced to compensate for the script (penned by Dan Gilroy, Nico Soultanakis, and director Tarsem, based on an older screenplay by Valeri Petrov).  Which is unfortunate, because the story had the potential to be something really special.  Taking place in the 20s, Lee Pace, a Hollywood stuntman, is in the hospital for love-related reasons, and has a pretty major case of depression.  Also in the hospital is a little girl with demons of her own.  He starts telling her a fantastical story of a band of almost superhero types and their quest to destroy an evil ruler.

I appreciated the dark side of the film, as Pace’s depression worsened, so did the plight of the characters in his story.  I also thought the film did a good job balancing the story with the events of the present.  The script has a sense of humor I enjoyed, though I wish it was allowed to come out a little more often.  And I’ve probably raved about Pace enough, but here’s hoping he continues to get roles like these.

The little girl, though, I found to be near-unintelligible at times.  The story was interesting, but it felt like it was lacking a certain continuity which therefore diminished how satisfying it was.  Each storyline’s resolution felt a little weak, which may have been a combination of relatively weak endings and inadequate buildups.  Lee Pace’s “present day” one, for example, probably could have stood to have a few blanks filled in a little better.  There’s also one scene that describing would spoil, but though bold, it does end up feeling pretty out of place, I thought.

Four Stars (8.0 imdb, 64 Metacritic, 65 MRQE, 59% RT,)

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