Fantasy movies are some of the most popular films people love to watch. In the supernatural tale of such films, directors depicted the most extraordinary stories of heroism and tragedy. While fantasy movies are often associated with children’s movies, many are pretty mature and dark for even the most intelligent audience.
In this list, we will recommend you five fantasy movies that you should watch in 2022. Some of these movies are pretty popular, and the chances are that you have already seen them. However, if you have not, then watch them now since you have no idea that you are missing out on some of the greatest films ever made.
Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
This epic trilogy directed by Peter Jackson is the perfect movie series to watch now if you haven’t already. This first movie in the trilogy is often regarded as the best, even though the final part, Return of the King (2003), won 11 Oscars – the highest by any movie.
The books JRR Tolkein released in the 1950s tell the tale of four Hobbits (half-sized humans), Frodo, Sam, Merry, and Pippin. They embark on the most incredible adventure of their lives – traveling across Middle Earth to destroy the Ring of power that brings dark lord Sauron back to power.
The first part of the trilogy is one of the most memorable fantasy movies. This is because of all the characters and their camaraderie traveling to Mordor to destroy the Ring. In addition, the film is a visual marvel, containing some of the best CGI of its time.
The film also has one of the most famous scenes in cinema history, where Gandalf yells, “You shall not pass!” as he battles the giant Balrog.
The acting, direction, cinematography, story, and music of this movie make it one of the best fantasy movies of all time. This movie perfectly sets up the start of one of the greatest trilogies of all time.
The Green Knight (2021)
The most recent entry in this list, this reimagined tale of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, one of King Arthur’s knights, is the most ambiguous and artistic movie. Directed by David Lowery, the film stars Dev Patel as Sir Gawain, a knight of King Arthur, embarks on a journey to get beheaded by the Green Knight, an immortal mystical figure – a promise he made to him at the start of the movie.
A word of advice for everyone – this film is not for everyone. Its eerie atmosphere and ambiguous plot might make it a film that not everyone should enjoy. However, its thematic exploration of cowardice and the meaning of keeping one’s promises will be a treat for art film intellectuals to decipher and theorize.
The film is considered a modern-day classic of how a simple story can be deconstructed and remade. This film makes everyone think about the movie and its ambiguous ending rather than just watching it.
Harry Potter: The Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)
Everyone has probably heard of the Harry Potter franchise. This magical tale about the “boy who survived” – Harry Potter and his enrolment in the wizarding school of Hogwarts and written by JK Rowling has become a pop culture icon.
Spanning seven books and eight movies, the tale of Harry Potter defeating the dark lord Voldemort is one that everyone will remember their entire life. However, the third film in the franchise – The Prisoner of Azkaban, is the best in the series.
Directed by Alfonso Cuaron and starring Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter in his third year at Hogwarts, this film tells the story of Sirius Black. His return to Hogwarts for Harry is the most mature and darkest of all the eight movies, where there is a lot more than what meets the eye.
The tale told is one where misleading information and revelations shaped Harry’s relationship with the people around him and the main antagonist of this film – Sirius Black. The revelations in the last act of this movie had everyone staring at the screens with their jaws dropped. Likewise, people were frightened with goosebumps from the first scene where the soul-sucking Dementors get introduced.
The Jungle Book (2016)
This partial CGI remake of the children’s story of Mowgli by Rudyard Kipling is one of the best children’s stories ever told. This film, directed by Jon Favreau, stars Neel Sethi as Mowgli. It features actors like Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Scarlett Johansson, and Idris Elba. It received praise for its use of CGI, said to be the best in any movie to date.
The story of Mowgli, an orphaned child, raised by jungle animals, is a classic children’s tale. How he starts exploring the first around him and faces off against Sher Khan is a story that every child fondly remembers. This story of bravery, heroism, and innocence was remade in its best form, enhanced by Oscar-winning CGI and excellent voice acting.
Ugetsu Monogatari (1953)
The last entry in this list of the five best fantasy movies of all time is also the oldest one. Often regarded as one of the greatest movies, this Japanese tale of greed and avarice directed by Kenji Mizoguchi is a cinematic masterpiece.
This film tells the tale of two men who leave their wives and children to start a business in a war-torn feudal Japan. The story is filled with mystical realism and is considered a romantic fantasy drama. This ghost story that deals with the patriarchy that women faced during the feudal era of Japan will be in viewers’ minds for days after watching this movie.
Based on Ueda Akinari’s 18th-century book of the same name, this classic tale of love, greed, the consequences of war are regarded as one of the most remarkable fantasy tales ever told. Its dark ending and the hope for peace will leave viewers thinking about it to this day.
Fantasy movies have been a mainstay in every watcher’s catalog as one of the most enjoyable storytelling genres. Its bizarre story of mythical beasts and the supernatural that gives characters the power and hope to fight evil is enjoyed by people of all ages. Watch these five movies and underst5and the true brilliance behind fantasy filmmaking.