The Fall (2006) starring Lee Pace (Halt and Catch Fire, The Hobbit: the Desolation of Smaug) and newcomer child actress, Catinca Untaru. HOW IS THIS MOVIE NOT MORE WELL KNOWN THAN IT IS. IT’S BEEN AROUND SINCE 2006! I mean come on people, it got a 7.9 rating on IMDB, which is a mere tenth of a point below the first Hobbit movie. Trust me it’s definitely worth the watch. If you need more coaxing into watching this look no further than: it stars Lee Pace. YES. The dazzling Lee Pace, whose name sounds Asian but alas he is American! Also, since he has the dark hair and stunning looks he is often mistaken for being British. We all are familiar with that phenomenon, take a brit, dye him dark and there you have it: an amazing actor with swooning appearance.
This is one of those artsy fartsy movies as my mom would say; which I am so grateful my taste has matured because now I fully appreciate the quality and depth of these films. The Fall is set in the 1920’s hospital in Los Angeles. Our beloved Roy (Lee Pace) has suffered a horrific injury while working as a stuntman for a movie leaving him a paraplegic. Roy is battling depression and to top it all off, his girlfriend left him for the actor who Roy was performing the stunt for. Talk about a stab in the back. Everything changes when he meets Alexandria (Catinca Untaru), a little girl who has a broken her arm. They become fast friends and spend hours together. Roy tells her stories and her vivid imagination brings it to life for us. *SPOILERS AHEAD* She borrows people from her everyday life to play parts in the story, then the fine line between imagination and reality blurs together as Roy’s mental health deteriorates. I won’t spoil anything else because you need to watch this film to fully appreciate it.
I thought the film was original and clever. The colorful display of the story reminds us that this is how a child, such as Alexandria, visualizes a story. And none of the movie was CGI, this movie was filmed in 28 countries over the course of four years. The dedication shows, and it delivers. Lee Pace drew emotions out of me I forgot I had. He transfers the pain he is feeling to the audience, and you can’t help but accept it in hopes it will raise his spirits. The genuineness of the movie just adds to the pleasure of movie-watching. And the interactions between Roy and Alexandria are unscripted for the most part and she is just talking, and listening to Roy’s stories. The movie brings an extra realness because the director convinced the whole crew that Pace was a real paraplegic. Catinca would be so careful of Lee’s legs and was shocked and a bit angry when she found out he could walk. Fun fact: a makeup artist almost fainted when he walked into a room and saw Pace standing.
One more fun fact: Lee Pace AKA Thranduil from the Hobbit trilogy was noticed by Peter Jackson and this film was the deciding factor on who he wanted for the role in the Hobbit. So if Peter Jackson noticed his talent, then that is saying something. SO WATCH IT. WHAT MORE CAN YOU ASK FOR? LOOK AT THIS MAN: TALENTED AND GORGEOUS
Watch again? ABSOLUTELY