Holy fuck, you guys, so there's this little movie called The Fall that's been out for like five weeks and has barely made a blip in pop culture consciousness and even my industry friends hadn't heard of it and even I just got around to seeing it after all this time. IT IS FUCKING AMAZING, AND YOU HAVE TO GO SEE IT NOW.
The Fall follows a band of mismatched outlaws—a masked bandit, a runaway slave, an explosives expert, an Indian, and Charles Darwin (yes!)—who travel across treacherous yet ravishing landscapes and get entangled in epic battles in order to destroy the evil ruler of a mythical land. This adventure—filled with stunning, jaw-dropping images (one of our heroes rides a swimming elephant, the villain fashions dead bodies into a chandelier, etc.)—is actually a story within a story. This visually arresting tall tale (look, ma, no CG!) is framed by a narrative about an American stuntman who spins this fantastical yarn for a little Romanian girl—both strangers are confined to a hospital in 1915 after taking a nasty fall. A quick note about the actors: Lee Pace is mesmerizing as the imaginative yet depressed stuntman (and, yes, Lee Pace, will you father my children?), and the girl is played by Catinca Untaru, who could very well be the most adorable (and refreshingly real) child actor on the planet. The development of their friendship will warm your heart and then break it and pretty much fuck you up because of how beautiful it is.
The movie, directed by genius South Asian filmmaker Tarsem (perhaps best known for helming REM's "Losing My Religion" music video), of course reminded me of Pan's Labyrinth, but The Fall is decidedly not as dark and depressing. It is, however, just as layered and complex, a film that speaks to the power of imagination, friendship, and hope to heal broken bones and broken hearts.
See it on the big screen:
Look, I'll even make it easier to find a theater near you. Click here. For the love of god, Tarsem self-financed the movie, took four years to make it in 18 different countries, and took two years to find distribution. Reward that man's dedication by saving Hancock and Kit Kittredge for another goddamn weekend. This weekend make it The Fall.