Sunday, June 15, 2008
Saw a wonderful movie today -- it's not getting a whole lot of press, unfortunately, or wide release, but if it's playing anywhere near you, I highly recommend it -- I was a little afraid it might be arty-farty and abstract, given how beautiful it is, but the good news is, not only is it gorgeous to look at, but the story is good! It's about a young girl in the hospital in 1920s Los Angeles (she has a broken arm, sustained picking fruit) who befriends another patient -- a stuntman in early Hollywood "flickers" who was injured in a stunt involving a horse. The stuntman is played by Lee Pace, of my favortie new show of last year, Pushing Daisies. (He was also in the wonderful Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day). And he's great, but it is the young Rumanian lead, acting in her first movie, who is truly amazing. The director, Tarsem Singh, said that he was waiting to start making the movie until he found the right girl -- and when he found Catinca Untaru, he knew it was time to begin. It often seems as if Lee Pace is improvising dialogue with her, it feels so natural and unscripted -- and indeed, I saw in an interview just now on Youtube that they were.
So, I forgot to mention the most important part of the movie -- that in the hospital, Roy tells Alexandria an epic tale of 5 warriors, and a large part of the movie is this elaborate warrior/fairy tale filmed all around the world. I mean, the locations!!! There are scenes on the Charles Bridge in Prague, and in the blue city, Jodphur, and in front of immense red desert dunes I assume are in Africa, and in piazzas in Rome, and islands in the Andaman sea, and a ton of other places I couldn't name. It's so beautiful, and so are the costumes and fantasy visuals. I mean, look at this trailer:
You have never seen such a coat as is worn by Charles Darwin in the movie:
Some more stills:
Posted by Laini Taylor at 5:23 PM