The list of the 5 best fantasy movies 2007 reflects the trend of developing a film franchise with a big budget movie and following it up with a series of equally big budget sequels. These fantasy movies are making enormous sums for Hollywood, so we can expect producers to continue to replicate this strategy. Three of the best fantasy movies of 2007 are sequels. However, unlike many sequels in the past, these movies measure up well against the original films.
“Stardust” In a small nineteenth century English village, a hole in an old wall leads to a magical kingdom. One day, a boy promises the girl he loves that he will go on the other side of the wall and fetch her back a fallen star—only the star turns out to be an actual princess who is being pursued by a host of creatures and people, including three witches who want to eat her heart. Claire Danes, Charlie Cox, Sienna Miller and Michelle Pfeiffer give wonderful performances in a fantasy with romance, magic and a surprisingly original plot. But the versatile Robert De Niro is so outrageously funny that he steal many scenes.
“Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” When Harry returns to Hogwarts for his fifth year, everyone refuses to believe Lord Voldemort has returned. To make matters worse, there's a strict new professor at the school who refuses to teach defensive spells. Harry has to take matters into his own hands by organizing the other students so they can learn magic on their own. This edition of the Harry Potter series delivers an engaging story and huge box office numbers. Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson do an excellent job, as usual, in their starring roles.
“Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End” Will, Elizabeth and Captain Barbossa undertake a mission to rescue Captain Jack Sparrow, who is trapped in Davey Jones' locker. Johnny Depp once again stars in this third installment of the Sparrow saga. Although this fantasy movie failed to rake in the extremely high box office receipts of the second edition of this series, this film is still ranked as one of the highest grossing pictures ever made.
“Shrek the Third” When his father-in-law, the king, dies, the big green ogre finds that he has inherited the throne. However, he doesn't want the job and goes on a quest to find Artie, the rightful heir. Naturally, Donkey and Puss in Boots accompany Shrek. The voices of Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Antonio Banderas and Cameron Diaz once again star in the third installment of this successful series. This fantasy movie enjoyed less critical success than its two predecessors, but box office numbers and DVD sales were both gigantic.
“Beowulf” This fantasy movie is a depiction of the Old English tale of the great hero Beowulf and his battle with the monster Grendel. Later, Grendel's mother seeks revenge. Ray Winstone, Crispin Glover, Angelina Jolie, Anthony Hopkins and Robin Wright-Penn star in this surprisingly good adaptation of an old legend.