Director Tarsem creates a beautiful piece of visual art that is slightly marred by a shaky story that is a bit all over the place, even if the story defining the story is supposed make things erratic, it still doesn’t quite work all the way (I promise that sentence will make sense by the end of the review).
For the most part this works, but there are a number of times were things seem to just be happening to happen and can appear very disjointed, but that is just the nature of the story so I don’t know how I ultimately feel about that. The real story is just as interesting, if not more so, than the fantasy portion of the proceedings, as
The look of this film is just extraordinary, and the locales that Tarsem has found is just eye popping. I can’t imagine if this was full backed by a studio what he would have created, but the film still looks remarkable with each shot in the fantasy world just being beautiful. The humor in the film is kind of an odd duck out though for Tarsem. There are moments that he nods at humor, but don’t feel like it should, and I found myself not sure if I was supposed to be laughing or not, and a couple of awkward jokes that are directed at
The acting in the film is pretty much left to just Pace and Untaru and they do a fine job together. The actors portraying the other bandits do admirable jobs, but they don’t really have all that much to work with. Untaru is cute as a button and the banter between her and Pace seem genuine most of the time with many cute and confused exchanges. Justine Waddell adds little in her role, but her character gets lost in and out of the story and we never really get a real feel for her and what she really deserves or wants.
In the end, The Fall is an intriguing and interesting fantasy film that is full of imagination. Tarsem does a fantastic job at painting a beautiful portrait for us to watch and come play in, one just is left wishing the adventure would have been a bit more fluid. If the plot would have been a bit more steady and coherent, the could have been a classic fantasy film, as it stands, it is an interesting and entertaining piece of cinema that is worth checking out, but I think sadly fell short of what it could have been.