It’s easy to fall in love with The Fall.
The production design is detailed and convincing, breathing life to both the time period of the characters’ real world and fantasy.
The cinematography is unforgettable and immersive, thanks to well-composed and perfectly angled shots that show the architecture, symmetry, color, and landscape of its numerous locations.
The film was made in four years shot in twenty different countries. Notable locations include Villa Adriana (Tivoli, Italy), Sossusvlei (Namib Desert, Namibia), Chand Baori (Abhaneri, Rajasthan India), Tegallalang Rice Terrace (Ubud, Bali, Indonesia), and Hagia Sophia (Istanbul, Turkey).
While the director has a clear vision for the film, there isn’t much to the story underneath it.
The narrative is an overlong fragmented plot of a guy trying to convince a young girl to steal drugs by charming her with a story.
The film jumps in and out of its magical world, which is really just an excuse for the film to show off its spectacular visuals. For a story steeped in magical realism, this world is devoid of any engaging suspense or thrill.
Lee Pace makes Roy likable to get sympathy from viewers. The unrehearsed performance of Catinca Untaru provides a believable character. Unfortunately their characters along with the rest of the cast are just caricatures.
In the end, the film squeezes in a contrived sad ending for both its real and imagined worlds.
Nonetheless, the film is a spectacular work with distinct and memorable imagery. You’ll never find a movie that will make the same monumental effort to capture the beauty of architecture and landscape in the world. In this regard, the movie is worth watching.
The Fall is a magnificent piece of visual filmmaking as long as you don't mind a boring story and forgettable characters.