SIFF I Totally Fell
posted by May 27 at 12:00 PMon
I had a serious problem with Pan’s Labyrinth: the damned movie had no humor in it at all. When you’re making a movie about a child, you have to include some levity somewhere or else the whole thing seems artificial. The bad guy was way too irredeemably nasty, the magical stuff was way too self-important, and the whole thing was so dismal that I was praying for a pie fight halfway through.
The Fall has many of the elements of Pan’s Labyrinth: a girl in the middle of a serious situation, complex and dark adult events going on all around her, and a world of fantasy that threatens to overtake real life.
I thought that The Fall was superior to Pan’s Labyrinth in just about every way. The main character is obviously a child; she is intelligent but still naive. She was funny and weird in a way that only kids can be. And her interpretation of the fantasy story at the center of the whole movie is simply lovely.
I saw the sold-out Sunday screening at the Uptown, and I have to admit that, though Brad’s review is spot-on—this is not a perfect movie—I spent the last fifteen minutes completely choked up, in the same way that I get choked up at Jimmy Stewart movies.
The Fall is all done at SIFF, but it opens at the Metro and Uptown on Friday. It’s amazing.