Now who doesn’t like a fair bit of escapist pleasure in their movies? While movies by themselves are a medium of escape for many, there exists a genre of films that is fantastically far removed from reality in an effort to transport viewers to a surreal or magical reality. While sci-fi and fantasy have countless overlapping themes, the one primary difference that separates the two is a touch of reality itself. Sci-fi movies dealing with space-time continuums, AI, and all performing robots still have some tangible physical theories backing them, however little, compared to the case of dragons, magic wands, spells, potions, and other mythical objects that, however sad it makes me to admit, do not exist. This, quite frankly is all the more reason that fantasy films are able to attract a wider group of audience since sci-fi, more often than not lends itself to a more dystopian connotation, as opposed to fantasy films. The differentiation comes easy in this case, and all this banter is to enable you to know what kind of movies to expect in this list.
By comparison, 2018 was far less magical as opposed to previous years, and I feel a primary reason for that would be two of Disney’s major films ‘The Nutcracker and the Four Realms’ and ‘A Wrinkle in Time’ that had the potential to top and close this list, turned out to be subpar, while rest of Disney’s productions this year were anyway animated. Be that as it may, 2018 still had some great films that either completely operated in the realm of fantasy or had significant overlaps to be accounted for in this list. So, without further ado, here is the list of the top fantasy movies of 2018. The list includes fantasy romance movies, fantasy adventure movies, fantasy action movies and sci-fi fantasy movies.
10. The House with a Clock in its Walls
This film notices a marked departure from Eli Roth, the film’s director, previously dealing with uncomfortably gory horror productions, to a film completely deeply rooted in its PG boundaries. The film’s premise is based on John Bellair’s novel of the same name, and no questions about it, you will find the premise interesting as the name suggests, of the clock hidden mysteriously in the walls of the house our protagonist resides in with his uncle, whether or not you are privy with the source material. The film has enough magical sequences in it and startling special effects to warrant a visit to the cinema, but what really hurts here is the potential this film had, seeming too stuck in its comfort zone, despite consistently good performances from Jack Black and Cate Blanchett. For what it is, ‘The House with a Clock in its Walls’ is perfectly kid friendly material, and the little ones will have a good time, rest assured.
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9. Every Day
‘Every Day’ has one of the best and most promising premise for a love story that I have seen recently, with a travelling soul waking up everyday in a different body, and finally finding love. Needless to say, the film works best when it focusses on the ingenuity of that idea, rather than the now cliché trappings of the rom-com genre. Unfortunately, the film sides more with the latter, and while it does eventually foray into larger issues, and questions too big for the film to definitely answer, those are quickly discarded and the film moves from one genre trapping to the next, reaching the kind of generic ending characteristic of rom-coms. It is perfectly watchable, even delightful in parts, but this had real potential to be something extraordinary along the lines of ‘Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind’. However, for what it is, ‘Every Day’ seems content with itself.
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