Beyond Game of Thrones: 5 Fantasy Movies Worth Watching
Fantasy movies have long been a staple of multiplexes everywhere. With the success of "Game of Thrones" a renewed love for the sword wielding, magic staff suing epic tales has risen. If you are new to the genre these are some of the best fantasy films to ever hit celluloid.
"The Lord Of The Rings"
Peter Jackson's three movie epic is one of the highest grossing film franchises of all time. With multiple academy awards and billions of dollars in the bank this proved that fantasy movies an be successful with critics and in the box office. Jackson is returning to J.R.R. Tolkien's stories for his next film "The Hobbit", which will be released at the end of 2012.
While "Willow" might seem like a silly movie about a midget sorcerer, what it really is is a silly movie about a midget sorcerer. But that does not make it bad. With awesome performances by Warwick Davis and Val Kilmer, this George Lucas produced fantasy epic pushed CG technology beyond where it had ever ventured before. Proving that fantasy movies might be set in the old times but could still benefit from the use of cutting edge technology.
This tale of adventurers traveling to rescue an abducted princess from alien invaders might seem insane. But to put it quite simply, it is insane in the greatest of ways. From horses that travel so fast they leave a trail of fire on the ground to a five-bladed telekinetic throwing star called the Glaive, "Krull" is a movie all fantasy fans will love.
"Army Of Darkness"
As the third entry into the "Evil Dead" trilogy, "Army of Darkness" takes a humble retail employee driven to the edge of madness and drops him in a 14th century castle. Once there, Ash (Bruce Campbell) must fight evil incarnate to return to his old time. It's a classic story of a man, his shotgun and his chainsaw hand against legions of the undead. Sam Raimi (of "Spiderman" and "Drag Me To Hell" fame) directed this amazing, campy tale.
"The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion The Witch And The Wardrobe"
Few children's books have been adapted to the screen as well as "The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe." This WW2 era fable turns three ordinary youths into the leaders of a magical rebellion. Led by the lion Christ-like figure Aslan (voiced by Liam Neeson) the story unfolds perfectly for every member of the family.