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Falling Star (DVD) Review

 
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Length: 105 minutes
 
Release Date: 2015
 
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1.5/ 5


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The story is nearly impossible to follow, and little attention is paid to keeping viewers aware of any motications the characters might have.


Final Fiendish Findings?

A film by Luis Miñarro Falling Star – it’s almost difficult to begin describing this film, as it often leaves the viewer shaking their heads and wondering, “What did I just watch, and what the heck does it have to do with anything at all?” Obviously meant to be a very arty film, Falling Star […]

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Posted August 23, 2015 by

 
Full Fiendish Findings?
 
 

A film by Luis Miñarro

Falling Star – it’s almost difficult to begin describing this film, as it often leaves the viewer shaking their heads and wondering, “What did I just watch, and what the heck does it have to do with anything at all?” Obviously meant to be a very arty film, Falling Star features many esoteric shots of such things as a man shaving his nether regions with a straight razor, or unspeakable things being done to a melon. While it’s true that the shots are done with interesting angles and often vibrant colors, it’s impossible not to tilt your head to the side to try to figure out where that came from, mumbling things like “Say what now?” all the way.

So, the story. That’s the tough part, because it’s actually hard to ascertain where they’re going with that. What seems like it will be a historical film about King Amadeo of Spain seems to actually spend very little time highlighting history. Amadeo’s reign could make for some interesting history. The Italian duke was elected as King of Spain during a time of much unrest. His short reign was fraught with violence and corruption, and a small amount of that is shown in the film in the form of bombs in the background and short tense meetings with politicians. It seems as though far more time is spent showing Amadeo just sitting on a chair looking bored.

While that may well be the point – after all, Amadeo is forbidden to leave the castle – the sheer amount of time you see him just sitting there, servants looking on, seems too much. Amadeo is the main focus of much of the film, but the servants in the castle get a lot of screen time as well. The problem is that they, like Amadeo, don’t really get much in the way of explanation. You know little about them, and then you see little shots of them dead, or having sex, or learning to read, with virtually no lead up that would make the viewer care about them or even understand why they are doing these things. Even commonplace things don’t make a lot of sense, but when the shot slips to things like a servant climbing into bed between the king and queen, you just stare at the screen thinking, “W.T.F?”

Falling Star is a film with plenty of visual appeal, but virtually none in the form of any sort of cohesive story line. History buffs may enjoy shots of the historic castle or interesting artwork, but will despair in the lack of actual history being shown. Explicit nudity pops up here and there, so be careful of who you watch it with (a hazard of unrated films means there is no warning of this on the packaging). Though some may enjoy it on visual appeal alone, don’t go into it looking for an engrossing story line.


Amy

 
U.S. Senior Editor & Deputy EIC, @averyzoe on Twitter, mother of 5, gamer, reader, wife to @macanthony, and all-around bad-ass (no, not really)