A hidden gem from this past year, The Fall is a masterpiece by The Cell's Tarsem Singh. With producing by directors David Fincher (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) and Spike Jonze (Being John Malkovich), this movie had a lot going for it.
Set in 1920's Hollywood at a hospital, the story follows Alexandria, a little girl who makes friends with a stuntman (Lee Pace, "Pushing Daisies"), who has been injured while filming a silent film. As the two become close friends, he begins to tell her an incredible story which soon grows to include aspects of their own lives. The movie was filmed over a period of 4 years (a very long time for a movie to be in production) and on location in 18 different countries. Due to this incredible task, the movie actually contains something many modern movies do not: actual, real, non-computer-generated images. Seriously, as you watch the movie, keep in mind that every image was carefully choreographed and rehearsed, then shot...every prop, every background, everything. It's incredible.
Though the story is very enticing, in the same vein as Pan's Labyrinth, it's the cinematography that really wins the audience. And Singh's style really takes it to the next level. As an artist, Singh uses inspiration from painters such as Dali to create visuals so stunning, it really will take your breath away. That, and the performance by newcomer Catinca Untaru, whose Alexandria makes the movie even more memorable.
A definite must for any film enthusiast.