UPDATED: AVAILABLE NOW! We have another “it” girl on our hands, and her name is Natasha Staples. Here’s a review, photos, and a trailer for Tears of the Falcon from Goat Major Films directed by Richard Hope and co-written and edited by the Rye. Check out my review below!
It occurs to me that not everyone may know what I mean when I write the phrase “it girl” and I suppose it could have different meanings for different people. For me, I use it whenever I think an actress stands out in a crowded field of great actresses. Girls that move the needle of the fan base by just being in a film. And I think Natasha Staples fits that description perfectly. She just commands your complete attention every second she is on screen. And many of you have seen her before as the villainess in the premier episode from Picture Palace of Peril where she was terrific, but I think she was even better here.
Natasha plays Dinah, a take on Black Canary with sonic scream and all. She encounters a woman that has stolen a medallion and the two face off in a very well choreographed fight. Plenty of face and stomach punches are landed and the girls hit several slaps across the face as well. The villainess eventually gets on top of Dinah and rams the back of her head off the floor and the scene immediately cuts away.
We then find Dinah in her civilian clothes investigating some suicides at an amusement park. She eventually changes into her heroine outfit and takes out a large goon rather easily. She runs into a second goon who absorbs some punches from her, but she knocks him back with her sonic scream.
She then confronts the main villain who is dressed much like a circus clown. They trade some insults until the clown shoots some kind of gas into her eyes which blinds her, and this is a serious problem for Dinah because she is already naturally deaf.
She eventually squares off against the two big goons again and even with her two senses gone, she starts off quite well. But eventually one of the bad guys squeezes her in a long reverse bearhug and drops her to the ground. The bad guys then start to kick her while she is on the ground, pick her up and deliver stomach punches, and hit her with a low blow via knee lift. She is then given multiple back breakers, but somehow she fights through all of this and hits all three villains with her sonic scream and we get some signs she is slowly regaining her vision.
She continues to fight against the biggest goon and he gorilla presses her over his head and throws her to the ground. But she takes him down with a piece of lumber and confronts the clown again. And we learn that he has powers of his own, specifically mind control. And he takes control of Dinah and puts a poisonous pill in her mouth that she swallows. Dinah falls to the ground dead, but the woman who she fought in the opening scene of the film shows up with the medallion she had stolen in hand.
She puts it on Dinah who is immediately revived, but the clown takes control of the mysterious woman and soon Dinah is not only fighting her again, but the clown and one of the other goons. The numbers overwhelm her and she is on the receiving end of several stomach punches and we’re left with a bit of a cliffhanger as Dinah is relatively helpless on the ground.
I really enjoyed this film and I had no doubt going in that I would. I’m still waiting for one of the British producers we cover to make a bad film, something that has never happened. And with Rye’s involvement, it was pretty much a forgone conclusion that this was going to work.
The entire cast is great, the location was amazing, and as I mentioned above, Natasha Staples is just everything you want in a lead actress. The only negative that comes to mind was the fight scenes. And I don’t mean the choreography, because that was terrific. But there was always a conveniently placed mat or cardboard during those scenes and it was noticeable. And I understand that most important thing about the shooting of these movies is the safety of the actors. But I think there are ways to shoot those scenes safely without that kind of thing. It in no way took away from my enjoyment of the film, I’m just saying it was noticeable.
To sum up, a terrific first episode and an incredible leading lady who I can’t wait to see more of.