Best Movies for Fantasy Nerds
This week we will be talking about the best movies for Fantasy Nerds! Sometimes you just want to sit back, relax, and watch a good fantasy movie. Here are our favorite picks! We hope you like our list!
Lord of the Rings (extended edition)
Of course Lord of the Rings would be on this list! But if it’s not the extended edition, that’s basically treason. These are not only my favorite books, but also my favorite movies ever, of all time. Peter Jackson transforms Middle Earth onto the big screen flawlessly. The actors and actresses portray the characters so well. If you’re a Fantasy Nerd I have no doubt you’ve seen this trilogy.
Like any book to movie adaptation some storylines are a little different and some key characters are missing like Tom Bombadil or Glorfindel but they’re still the most incredible movies. They also hold up so well, The Fellowship of the Ring was released in 2001 and whenever I go back for my monthly rewatch I marvel at how well the effects still hold up to present day movies. The makeup and costumes are absolutely phenomenal! I cry often while watching these movies, they’re so emotionally evoking and you get transported to Middle Earth the moment they start. Again, I could go on and on about these movies! If you haven’t watched them drop everything and start a Lord of the Rings marathon, and remember, extended edition only!
I have to start by saying that the books are always better, but I think Harry Potter is one of the best movie adaptations of a book series. The actors and actresses in the movies all portray the characters perfectly. The world of Hogwarts is brought to life so well, in both the setting and the fantastic magical creatures. Even if you’ve never read the books, you can still become immersed in the magical setting and storyline. Getting to go to all the movie premieres and watch my favorite books brought to life on screen was a magical experience.
A Knight’s Tale
This is easily one of my favorite movies of all time, not just in the Fantasy genre. It’s about a squire who wants to change his stars and become a knight. When the knight he and his other comrades work for dies, he decides to take his place in a jousting tournament. From there he changes his name and pretends to be a knight to continue competing in jousting and sword fighting. This movie is so well directed and written, with his friends as excellent comic relief and a love interest that blossoms beautifully, and a main antagonist that you can easily hate.
A Knight’s Tale excellently shows the struggles of a poor man changing his life while maintaining his morals. This movie is hilarious, heart wrenching, and filled with all the fantasy aspects of medieval times. If you haven’t seen it, watch it immediately!
The Pagemaster starts out with a seemingly pessimistic little boy who gets caught in a storm while on errands for his parents, and finds shelter at a library. The librarian insists on him getting a library card and that he is in need of a special book. Eventually the boy falls into this special book and is transported into an animated world where three books befriend him; Fantasy, Adventure, and Horror! He goes on many adventures through different classic stories like Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde, Moby Dick, Treasure Island and more! Eventually he has to muster his newfound courage and fight a dragon.
This movie is fantastic for Fantasy Nerds because of the many different everchanging Fantasy settings, as well as the character development. The boy finds so many things out about himself and goes on these incredible adventures. It’s so heartwarming and quite entertaining. It’s also certainly a kid friendly movie for any Fantasy Nerds who want to watch a good movie with the whole family!
Whisper of the Heart
This movie has a very special place in my heart. It’s my favorite Studio Ghibli movie, and it deserves to be on this list as much as the rest of our picks. While it is a Fantasy it’s still set in more modern times. It’s about a girl who struggles in school because she loves to write. She’s trying desperately to appease her parents, big sister, and friends with school while simultaneously trying to work on her goals as a writer.
Without going into too much detail she loves checking out books from the library, and she begins to notice a boy’s name repeatedly on the books she is checking out. While she tries to figure out his identity she discovers a small antique shop where she meets a very sweet and supportive old man. Thus her true adventures begin! There are blips into a world of storytelling and Fantasy that are quite unique and adorable. By the end of the movie you will be in tears!
Reign of Fire
This movie takes place in a post-apocalyptic society where dragons reign supreme. Humans live in constant fear of dragons burning down their communities as they struggle to survive. One day, a dragon-slayer arrives and offers to teach the remaining humans how to kill the dragons. This movie is full of tension and adrenaline-pumping moments. The plot of the movie is excellent, and I was invested in what happened to the characters. All the fearsome characteristics of dragons were brought to life on the screen. I would recommend this movie to Fantasy Nerds who enjoy action and suspense.
What Do You Think?
Thank you so much for reading! Do you agree with our list? Are there any we left out? Let us know in the comments below!
– Clever & WTF