Another good fantasy movie from the 80s that I enjoy is The NeverEnding Story. Readers often imagine themselves entering the world of the books they read. In this film, that literally happens for one young boy. He reads a book and discovers he has become part of the story. I like how the fantasy world of Fantasia is the physical incarnation of human imagination. On the downside, this film also shows what happens to human imagination when it is subjected to cynicism and despair. That nihilistic despair takes the form of a force called The Nothing, which gradually destroys Fantasia one region at a time. The film also shows how hope can be restored in the darkest of times. I would recommend this film to anyone who wants a peek at human imagination.
I watched The Dark Crystal for the first time since I was a small child. The first time I watched it, I was too young to understand what was going on. However, I have a greater appreciation for this film now that I am older. It is a story of life and death, light and darkness, and the balance between it all. The puppetry was masterfully done and the world building was very imaginative. This Friday, Netflix will be releasing a prequel series to The Dark Crystal called Age of Resistance, which will depict the Skeksis at the zenith of their power and the near extinction of the Gelfling race. I would recommend this film to anyone who is seeking a good fantasy film that does not have a single human character.
I recently rewatched one of my favorite fantasy films, Dragonslayer! I like this film because it portrayed a unique fantasy world that reacted to the presence of a dragon in various ways. A sorcerer regards the dragon as one of the last remnants of magic, a boy sees it as a chance to prove himself a man, a kingdom regards it with fear, and a king regards it as a monster to appease at all costs. This film depicted one of the best dragons in cinematic history. The story and world building were wonderful. You just don’t get films like this anymore.
At first, I did not know what to expect when I watched Shin Godzilla, but I was in for a collection of surprises. To begin with, the film was a reboot of the traditional Japanese Godzilla films, which brought forth a new way to reimagine the almighty King of the Monsters. The film depicted Japan’s first encounter with Godzilla and how their government would react. As for Godzilla himself, I like this version of the King of the Monsters because we got to see the various stages of its life cycle and how it evolves to overcome limitations. When Godzilla evolved into its fourth form, it looked like the Godzilla we all know and love. When the Japanese military fought Godzilla, I loved watching his famous indestructibility being depicted through 21st century CGI technology. It made the whole experience more believable than the original 1954 film. Also, not only was Godzilla’s infamous atomic breath more overpowered than ever, but we got to see a certain weakness Godzilla had that we did not know was there before. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed Shin Godzilla and watched it dozens of times already. I would recommend it to the new generation of Godzilla and Kaiju fans.
I have mixed feelings about The Darkest Minds. It was neither good nor bad. It was just enjoyable. I liked the idea of superhuman children being persecuted by the government because it gave a certain vulnerability to the characters. The ending hinted the possibility of a sequel and I would recommend this film to anyone who is seeking an enjoyable science fiction film.
I watched a film that depicted a very interesting version of the DC Comics Universe, complete with its own versions of the DC Trinity (Superman, Wonder Woman, and Batman). Unlike most versions of the Justice League, who were the ideal superheroes, this Justice League is a trio of morally ambiguous anti-heroes who are willing to kill to get the job done. In addition to the DC Trinity, we also got to see alternate versions of other classic DC characters such as Lois Lane, Lex Luthor, Amanda Waller, Steve Trevor, and countless others. I particularly like this version of Superman because he is so much different than the one we all know and love. While the traditional Superman is the son of Jor-El and raised by the Kents, this Superman is the son of General Zod and was raised by migrant workers. The rage and trauma of being persecuted as a migrant combined with being the son of a supervillain like General Zod is a dangerous mixture, which makes this Superman aggressive and morally flexible. I would recommend this film to anyone who is seeking a new way of looking into the DC Comics Universe.
Because I thoroughly enjoyed the first film, I have been waiting for the next Incredibles for 14 years and it was well worth the wait. I loved Jack-Jack and how they explored more of his powers and when he had his first battle with a raccoon, which added comic relief. The relationship between Elastigirl and the villain reminded me of the relationship between Superman and Lex Luther. It was also fun to get a closer look at the everyday life of a superhuman family. It has been confirmed that a third film is already in the works and I am counting down the days. I would recommend this film to anyone who likes Pixar and The Incredibles.