“You might want to see [it] for no other reason than because it exists. There will never be another like it.” – Roger Ebert about The Fall
Even though this movie only earned $3.7 million at the box office, which means not a lot of people watched it, or even heard of it, and even though it received mixed reviews from critics, The Fall is one of my favorite movies ever. Ever, ever, ever.
It’s storytelling done in such a strange way, it’s simply beautiful on so many levels, and there are parts of it so good that beautiful feels a lazy word if used to describe them.
The premise is rather simple: It’s 1915 Los Angeles, and stuntman Roy Walker (Lee Pace) is hospitalized after a jump he took in his first film. He meets Alexandria (Catinca Untaru), a young Romanian-born patient in the hospital who is recovering from a broken arm, and begins to tell her a story about her namesake.
The story evolves and develops and it does feel as if Roy is making everything up on the spot, which is what he’s supposed to be doing. The way you’d imagine into existence a fairytale just so you can put your kid to bed. It’s a wonderful, wonderful movie. Unique, in a world of thousands of copies.
What I should tell you… this movie is going to break your heart. If you do have a heart, this movie will break it. And it will insist on breaking it, over and over again. And this, in itself, is no easy feat, for most of art is trying to do that, but it is the ultimate accomplishment.
Heartbreakingly beautiful movie, The Fall is surely one of my favorite movies ever. One that I’ve been enjoying for a few years now and will be watching it for a few more years.