The Fall (2006)
Tomatometer reading: 59%
Losing My Religion: The Movie, this is not, though the director behind R.E.M.'s most lauded and high-concept video spared no extravagance on his first film since J. Lo’s 2000 weird-fest The Cell. And while aided by a trio of co-screenwriters, The Fall is unmistakably Tarsem’s fantasy fully realized. In theory, it’s about an injured, old-Hollywood stuntman (a post-Wonderfalls, pre-Pushing Daisies Lee Pace) passing the time in a hospital by regaling an ill little girl with a stream-of-consciousness epic about a quintet of gallant heroes. In execution, The Fall’s first and foremost a flamboyant, lavish, swashbuckling morphine fever dream come to life. Think English Patient besieged by The NeverEnding Story were it one big, bisexual, Technicolor immersion. Then don’t think. Just watch.