The Fall (2006)
The Fall takes place in Los Angeles “once upon a time” when films were still silent and black and white, and in the imaginary world of the “epic story of love and revenge” that Roy tells 5 year-old Alexandria. Roy is an injured stuntman who is also suicidal because his girlfriend left him for an actor, and Alexandria is a Romanian orange picker that fell and broke her arm.
The movie is worth watching for the visuals alone. The epic story that Roy tells takes place across the whole world in beautiful exotic locations, and the 5 mythical bandits that are the heroes of the story are all quirky and dressed in gorgeous, colorful costumes. This is one of the most visually stunning films I have ever seen, and it was shot beautifully in both the fantasy world and in the temporal world of the film.
This movie had all the elements that I love in a film. It had a character with psychological issues and fantastical made up worlds to escape to. The kicker was also that it had a happy ending! I’m usually a sucker for tragic endings, but I was extremely satisfied with the way it was resolved.
At its core, the film is not a tale of love and revenge, but one of acceptance, moving on, and friendship. I was pleasantly surprised that this movie surpassed my expectations and I really really want one of those awesome masks!