Thursday, November 27, 2008

The Fall

The Fall is the best-looking movie I've seen in a long time. It bombed at the box office, and in fact was barely released. Maybe nobody knew how to sell it. Lee Pace (Pushing Daisies) plays a stuntman in early 20th century Hollywood. He's been crippled in a fall. He's suicidal and in a hospital in which a young girl played by Catinca Untaru (in a fine performance) is also a patient. Pace begins telling her stories, starring himself as the Blue Bandit, to persuade her to get him the pills he needs to kill himself. The tales of the Blue Bandit get grimmer as they come to an end. The girl is hurt in a fall herself, but she recovers, and the magic of the movies brings her happiness later on as she works in the orange groves with her family. Judy found this movie boring and slow. I can see why, but even in the slower parts, it's a wonder to look at. One of these days when you want to see something completely different, rent this one and see what you think.

4 comments:

  1. We saw it and I agree with both of you. It was touching and the effects and story-telling were grand but it was awfully slow. The little girl was a delight.

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  2. This movie cast a spell on me, plain and simple. I loved it.

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  3. Shelly and I had a grand time -- not too unusual for her, she delights in obscure movies, but I'm more of a swordfight kinda guy. Something for both of us in this one. And yes, the little girl was adorable.

    Rusty

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  4. It's quite excellent.

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