Lee Pace has become a fairly common name in television circles over the past year. After all, he stars as Ned in Pushing Daisies, arguably last season’s best new series. Or, maybe you remember him from his supporting role in Bryan Fuller’s other TV series, the short-lived Wonderfalls. There’s no doubt that Pace has been impressive as Ned the Pie-Maker on Pushing Daisies, but he’s also done some movies, though you may not have heard about them. Earlier this year, Pace played the male lead in Miss Pettigrew Lives For a Day, opposite Amy Adams and Frances McDormand. It failed to set the world on fire. Later this year, Pace will appear in the film Possession next to Sarah Michelle Gellar. Most recently, however, a film was released that stars Lee Pace. It is currently still in theaters, and it is called The Fall.
If you have any interest at all in seeing something unique and beautiful, go see The Fall. The film premiered in 2006 at the Toronto Film Festival, but had a difficult time finding someone to distribute it. The director, Tarsem, had been planning for The Fall for over ten years, and he even financed most of the film himself. Eventually, Spike Jonze and David Fincher saw the film, loved it, attached their names to it and voila!, it’s now in the theaters.
The Fall is a move that defies description. Lee Pace stars as a paralyzed stuntman who, after an accident, finds himself in a 1930’s Los Angeles hospital. A five-year old Romanian girl, who broke her arm in a fall, befriends him and Pace starts telling the girl a grand story. Half of the film takes place on this fantasy adventure (think a darker The Princess Bride via Keyser Soze) and half inside the hospital. I won’t spoil any more, but Lee Pace shows great range in The Fall, as he was almost unrecognizable when compared to the delicate Pie-Maker he plays on Pushing Daisies.
Please, if you’re a movie buff, check it out. I can’t guarantee you’ll love it, or even like it, but it’s still worth watching, if only for the extraordinary visuals that, according to Tarsem, are entirely without the aid of CGI.
-Oscar Dahl, BuddyTV Senior Writer
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