Fantasy is one of the most underappreciated genres out there, seen by some as merely a vehicle for sickly-sweet fairytales and overly-lionhearted heroes. Harry Potter books literally released a line of adult-covered novels to save commuters the embarrassment of reading "children's books". Yet, fantasy isn't a children's genre; it can combine many fictional forms to tell terrifying and tragic tales that appeal to all ages and tastes.
Since The Lord of the Rings, fantasy films have struggled to reach the same level of critical and commercial success. In particular, epic fantasy requires enormous budgets and masses of production work which can make it challenging to rake back the cash at the global box office.
Despite these hardships, filmmakers have produced numerous pieces of fantastic epic fantasy cinema over the years. Stories of brave adventurers, dastardly evil overlords, and strange magical lands are all waiting to be viewed by an avid cinephile such as yourself!
What makes a fantasy epic? In loose terms, a high-fantasy setting not of our own world or a narrative detailing a grand heroic journey. While a couple of these underappreciated films may use our world as a framing device, the main focus is on the fantastical. Onwards we go!