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The Fall. Fantastic Ride that is. [User Review]


The Fall

I attempted to watch this movie for many times, over my dinner. But the first 2 min is so dark and emotional I felt it didn't go well with my food.

'The Fall' is by no means an everyday entertainment movie. It belongs to the 'art-house', 'drama' bunch, a movie made with edgy concepts and demanding pop-corn-free viewing with your full attention. It has slow start, slow plot flow and not so much twist and thrill for the story turns. Yes it all sound very boring and dry. But if you happen to have attention focus span for longer than 5 min, you will find that it really grabs you, keep you on the seat all the way, deeply involves your emotion and leave so much in your chest when it finish, that you have to find someone to talk about it for times.

That is why I am writing this down, I guess.

The story happened in 1920s (bad start) in a church ran hospital (Church hospital...), at Los Angeles. Roy is a patient in the hospital with leg injuries and suicidal (sounds heavy and thick). He start to tell a little girl a fantasy story and try to trick her into stealing medication for him so he could kill himself... still want to read on?

The movie keeps shifting between the reality and Roy's fantasy story. In reality, Alexandria (the little girl) was lonely and innocent in the hospital and needed friends and attention. The hospital was cold and mechanical; life outside of the hospital wall was hard and difficult. But in Roy's story, things are colorful, adventurous and engaging. The movie directly presents us how the fantasy looks in Alexandria's head, where cleverly the real-life characters (doctors, nurses, workers, other patients in the hospital) become fantasy figures. As the movie progresses Roy's sadness and pain as well as Alexandria's hope all played in to effect how the fantasy roll and before you know it your heart is rolled in as well.

'The Fall' is not a fast food movie, as I mentioned earlier. You can't enjoy the movie with other couple of mates and bucket of KFC wings. You need to make effort to start watching it. The movie is like a piece of artisan apple/lemon pie, by just looking at the crust you really can't tell much, but as the story unfold you will see the color smell the fragrance taste the flavor and make you wanting to just give in yourself to the imagination the makers sprinkled all over your plate.

It takes courage and creativity to make a movie like 'The Fall', and it is even harder to make it right. 'The Fall' is not a perfect movie but it breeze a sensation of freshness into our daily thick, oily, deep processed and heavily artificially flavored movie diet. It will be difficult if all movies are like 'The Fall' but under the current comic-remake weather, I will have a slice of it whenever I can.

Written: 9/7/09

Source of the Bitter: Que

Comments, rants and other stuffs below
JAS on Sat, 09/12/2009 - 1:43pm

This review is great! You should make a column for us with what movies go with what foods.

P.S. You practically made John pee his pants.

John Rojas on Tue, 09/15/2009 - 2:44pm

Food and film, top's in my list any time!

Que on Sun, 09/13/2009 - 3:53pm

How do I make John Pee... his pants?

My regards to movies are very similar to my food. Love the fine-dining but hate the patience of it, love the take-outs but hate the dumbness of it, love the junkfood but hate the guilt after.

Incapable of being happy makes it good for Bitter Balcony.

JAS on Sun, 09/13/2009 - 4:17pm

Once he hit the "artisan" apple pie John was unable to continue reading. :)

Bitter is better after all!

Que on Sun, 09/13/2009 - 4:23pm

I thought that should be something like 'drooling over his shirt' typpa thing, not the P-in pants... you made the applepie sound like a scary object.

JAS on Mon, 09/14/2009 - 6:11am

It was a comedic peeing of the pants, not a scared senseless peeing of the pants. hehe

JAS on Wed, 09/09/2009 - 7:18pm

You beat me to it! I watched this last weekend and thought of reviewing it. It's a great film.