Top fantasy movies 2016

 TOP FANTASY MOVIES 2016

As promised in my previous post of last week, I will now list fantasy movies of 2016 which I will be reviewing for your pleasure.

List of top fantasy movies 2016 which will be reviewed include:

  1. Warcraft
  2. Gods of Egypt
  3. The Huntsman: Winter’s War
  4. The Legend of Tarzan
  5. The Jungle Book
  6. Alice through the looking glass
  7. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny
  8. BFG
  9. Pete’s Dragon
  10. Miss Perigrine’s home for peculiar children
  11. Fantastic beasts and where to find them
  12. Doctor strange
  13. Assassin’s Creed

WARCRAFT

Press on the image below to see the Youtube official trailer:

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Warcraft premiered in Paris on May 24, 2016, and was released by Universal Pictures in the United States on June 10, 2016 and is an adaptation of the very successful video game. The movie received poor reviews and is considered a financial disappointment.

Some of you may be surprised to learn that the director of this movie, Duncan Jones, is the son of David Bowie and American Cypriot model Angela “Angie” Bowie—hurrah Cyprus! Angie (born Mary Angela Barnett, September 25, 1949) is an American cover girl, model, actress, and musician who, along with husband David Bowie, influenced the glam rock culture and fashion of the 1970s (time my generation was born), in part by demonstrating openness about personal bisexuality.

Press on the family picture below to watch the Youtube video of David Bowie and “Ziggy Stardust”

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Duncan, shown in the family picture above, is best known for directing the science fiction movie Moon (2009), for which he won the BAFTA Award for Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer, and later, Source Code (2011).

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Our protagonist, Sir Anduin Lothar, is played by Australian actor Travis Fimmel. The military commander of the human forces in Stormwind Kingdom is a steadfast, charismatic knight who is forced to sacrifice everything to keep his liege lord and people safe.

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Fimmel was born near Echuca, Victoria, and raised on a 5,500-acre farm in Lockington. He moved to Melbourne in his late teens to play football in the AFL but broke his leg. And so, he travelled abroad and was signed with the LA Models agency in 2002. He then became the first male worldwide to secure a six-figure deal to model Calvin Klein’s famous underwear and it is reported that one of his London billboards had to be pulled down after complaints of traffic congestions and accidents by rubbernecking females. See the picture below and judge for yourselves the validity of the story:

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Fimmel was named one of the world’s sexiest bachelors by America’s People magazine in 2002 and at the time was regarded as “the most in-demand male model in the world.” It has been suggested that he was the inspiration for Sex and the City heartthrob ‘Jerry’ Smith Jerrod.

In 2003, Fimmel landed the title lead in Warner Bros TV series Tarzan, has starred opposite Patrick Swayze, and his most recent signing includes the lead role character of Rognar Lothbrok in Vikings, 2013:

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Vikings is an Irish-Canadian historical drama television series filmed in Ireland over 18 weeks and chronicles the world of Norse heroes notorious as the scourge of England and France who raided, traded and explored during medieval times. On March 17, 2016, History renewed Vikings for a 5th season of 20 episodes.

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Orc Warchief Orgrim Doomhammer is played by Robert Kazinsky, an English actor and model born in Brighton from Jewish parents descended from Polish and Russian immigrants. He is best known for his appearance as Sean Slater in BBC1’s Eastenders, Chuck Hansen in Pacific Rim, and Macklyn Warlow in HBO’s 6th season True Blood.

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Garona Halforcen, the half-orc who joins the Alliance against the Orc Horde, is played by Paula Maxine Patton, the successful American actress born in Los Angeles, California, who studied at USC Film School. Patton has had a bright career in acting and made her film debut in the 2005 comedy, Hitch, and has been the female lead in Déjà Vu and 2 Guns where she played alongside Denzel Washington, Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol with Tom Cruise, and also appeared in the critically successful Precious (2009).

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So, we have a great, talented cast of actors, a director from a famous background of entertainers, who has won awards for his great works, and we have all the visual effects and a successful video game to boot. What went wrong?

I really wanted to enjoy this film, for all the above reasons, and because I love fantasy…but, sadly, it just didn’t work for me. Thinking back on LOR and Avatar, and what made these films successful, I think the fault lies in that Warcraft was not an attempt at making something that would work purely as a movie.

There was chemistry between Patton and Fimmel, two very sexy actors, but this part was not exploited to the fullest. Also, there was too much emphasis on the wizardry which gave the movie a slightly fake feeling, even though the special effects were spot on. In short, I think the characters, who are the film’s main strength took second place to the visual effects and thus the story tension, love scenes (of which there were hardly any: the volume was turned down too low for my taste) were not exciting enough.

We often complain that fantasy fiction movies and books should concentrate more on the characters and what drives them. Perhaps this was sacrificed in Warcraft in order to stay true to the video game…and the movie and book industries don’t work on the same principal as games do.

The positive aspects of this movie are the people behind it, and I, for one, am very glad I learnt more about them, and look forward to seeing them act and direct future success stories, for they deserve better.

Next week, I’ll release my review list of top animated movies for 2016 which we can view with our little friends (I like to watch these with my son and daughter). So stay tuned to this site.

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