adam-524 (Sun Feb 17 2008 00:47:49)
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I think you have it when you called it 'the most beautiful film ever made', visually it is stunning and for some people those dazzling images make the movie a masterpiece regardless of anything else.
But people who aren't so visual and just want to be told a good story may well find it confusing or disappointing.
For all it's beauty, the story is bizzare and the acting hammy in places. Most of the characters in the story are the figments of a little girl's imagination so it would be misplaced if they had much depth to them although many will find this frustrating.
Some of the critics described it as a 'feature length pop promo' and Tarsem's background is pop promos and commercials - both all about visuals and not really requiring much narrative or great acting, also The Fall is totally 'off the wall' - it doesn't really fit into any genre and so for many it will be hard for them to know how to frame it.
I think these are the same reasons that have made it such a hard sell to distributors.
For all it's failings, I'm sure it will be film that other film makers reference for many years to come. Doubtless the incredible and original visuals first seen (by far too few people) in the fall will be copied in many more mainstream movies of the future.
And they do say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery....