A Little Blessing in Disguise: The Fall

Rarely do you find a film that completely blows your mind. We usually see the giant blockbusters; going to see it just for the sake of seeing it. But when you see a true work of art, it takes real skill not to appreciate it. This happened to me the other day- I went to the library to find something to watch on a Friday night, (yes, the library! It’s the BEST! Except you probably already know that if you’re reading this blog), and picked up a film that looked kind of artsy, something I could just sit down and watch. It ended up being one of, if not the best, movies I have ever seen. And trust me, I’ve seen a few.

film_singh_tfThe Fall (2006) is set in the early 1920s in a hospital in the outskirts of Los Angeles where an injured stuntman starts to tell a young girl an exciting story about 5 mythical heroes. The tale blends and blurs the lines between fantasy and reality, creating a vivid film for you to watch. Not only is the storyline incredibly gripping, but the landscapes are spectacular. It was filmed in over 20 different real-life locations, and uses no special effects whatsoever. It is basically amazing to watch, whichever shape or size of screen you have.

It also uses the technique of double-casting, which is where the actors of the characters in one of the plots are the actors of different characters in the other plots. A common example of this is the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz, where the farm hands are also the characters of the Lion, the Tin Man, and the Scarecrow, along with the Wicked Witch of the West also being the Mean Old Lady in the beginning of the movie. This creates a very ethereal atmosphere, as the characters blend together in the two plots. Something else that is interesting about this movie is that the young girl never actually memorized any of her lines, so all of her interactions with other people in the movie are completely spontaneous and natural – she is also exceptionally cute. This film is amazing and very awesome, and I would recommend it to anybody and everybody. I would advise anyone to watch it and be blown away by pure cinematic genius. Even though it might not seem to be your style, you should definitely watch it – you might surprise yourself!

-Emma, 15

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