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Top 5 Fantasy Movies 2013
This is going to be another amazing year for all of us who love hobbits, wizards, vampires, and all things surreal and supernatural. Here are the five fantasy films that I’m most excited about:
5. The Seventh Son – Sergei Bodrov
(Ben Barnes as Tom Ward, Alicia Vikander as Alice, Jeff Bridges as the Master Gregory)
Teenager Tom Ward is the seventh son of a seventh son, and that makes him the only person who can fight off the magical forces threatening all of mankind. He trains under a magical warrior, or Spook, called John Gregory. And together they go up against the evil witch Mother Malkin and her posse of malevolent beings. Set in the 18th century, this fantasy film is based on the first book in the dark fantasy series The Wardstone Chronicles by Joseph Delane.
4. Jack the Giant Slayer – Bryan Singer
(Nicholas Hoult as Jack, Eleanor Tomlinson as Isabelle, Stanley Tucci as Lord Roderick)
This fantasy film isn’t actually based on Jack and the Beanstalk but the lesser-known fairy tale, Jack the Giant Killer, which was set in the time of King Arthur’s reign and first published more than 300 years ago. It’s about a farm boy called Jack who mistakenly unleashes a treacherous race of giants, who he must now defeat, while also rescuing the princess they’ve kidnapped.
3. The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones – Harald Zwart
(Lily Collins as Clary Fray, Jamie Campbell Bower as Jace Wayland, Lena Headey as Jocelyn Fray)
After a demon kidnaps her mother from her New York City home, teenager Clary Fray is plunged into an underworld crawling with supernatural creatures that she never knew existed. She teams up with half-angel warriors called Shadowhunters to rescue her mother, but then discovers that she has powers of her own. Meanwhile she’s coping with love, betrayal, and the search for a magical instrument called the Mortal Cup. Can she learn to harness her innate skills before it’s too late?
2. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug – Peter Jackson
(Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins, Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield, Ian McKellen as Gandalf)
This is the second installment in Peter Jackson’s epic trilogy, based on JRR Tolkien's masterpiece. It follows the adventures of the unassuming hobbit Bilbo Baggins as he leaves his home in The Shire to accompany a band of dwarves on their quest to reclaim their kingdom from the dragon Smaug. The trilogy also draws on other writings by Tolkien to expand on the story world and build a compelling backdrop to Jackson’s award-winning sequel The Lord of the Rings.
1. Oz: The Great and Powerful – Sam Raimi
(James Franco as Oscar Diggs /The Wizard of Oz, Mila Kunis as Theodora, the Wicked Witch of the West)
Who was the wizard before he was the wizard, and how did he become what he became? This prequel to the classic 1939 film The Wizard of Oz and the 1900 book it’s based on by L Frank Baum is set years before Dorothy Gale followed the yellow brick road to Emerald City. It documents the adventures of circus magician Oscar Diggs from Kansas, who is mistaken for the great wizard on his arrival in Oz, and uses illusion and trickery to become the great and powerful protector of the land.
Whether it’s vampire romance, wizarding wonders, or the quest of one brave hobbit that drew you to the fantasy realm, you’ve come to the right place. This is your portal to reviews and articles about the greatest fantasy creations of all time.
I'm Talitha and I adore all things otherworldly. Below is my fairy essence captured on camera and a shot of me having an Alice moment :). You can see more of my fantasy-esque photos in my blog, Whimsical World of Wonder: Finding the Fantasy in Everyday Life.
What would life be without fantasy? A drab and dreary place! I will never forget the first time I slid down a rabbit hole, flew over a rainbow, or discovered a portal at the back of my wardrobe. I did it all from the safety of my bedroom in Ireland as I read into the night, dreaming of magical creatures and lands far away.
Since then I have absorbed everything to do with that world just beyond our senses, where magic and wonder form the fabric of everyday life. I have read and re-read the fantasy classics, watched in wonder as they were brought to life on the big screen, and even written fantasy stories of my own, of imaginary characters in imaginary worlds.
I’m here to share my love of fantasy movies and books with you because I know you love them too!
Reviews, reviews, reviews! I recently added a review section to FantasyBooksandMovies.com and am continuously re-reading fantasy books and re-watching fantasy movies so I can review them for you. I would love to hear from you so feel free to leave me a comment on the bottom of this or any page.
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