Magic Movies are a thrilling experience of fantasies and adventures! Have you been keeping an eye on those? I am certain I have! The imaginations and adventures of the magical realm fascinate me.
Here are some of the most astounding magic movies you should see. Let’s delve a little deeper into each of these to learn more about them.
The halo of happiness cast by Disney’s Maleficent (2017), which defied all predictions at the box office, has dissipated. A tombstone stands in its place, marking the end of its nearly sickening sequel, a reimagining of the age-old tale Sleeping Beauty.
The first film, which was released in 2014, was a refreshing reimagining of Charles Perrault’s Sleeping Beauty.
It highlighted the complexities of personalities and how intellect could be used to overthrow millennia of unjust patriarchal views on women. The revisionist interpretation of the story assured substantial character development for Jolie’s portrayal as a woman who chose to utilise her power for vengeance rather than being naturally bitter or evil.
Maleficent’s character is without a doubt the first film’s best special effect, with a set of dramatic and bold cheekbones, a pair of almost-glowing horns, and large wings for impact.
Maleficent’s tale was notable for the shift in narrative weight from a sleeping princess’s bond with a rescuing prince to the princess’s relationship with her fairy godmother in mainstream Hollywood and Disney.
The first film’s plot revolves around Angelina Jolie’s portrayal of Maleficent and her relationship with her daughter Aurora (played by Elle Fanning).
Maleficent is also seen to be beset by tragedy in the film, giving a different picture than the malevolent persona shown in the original Disney retelling of the story.
Maleficent breaks the curse she had placed on Aurora herself by kissing her to wake her up at the end of the first film, as seen by the audience.
The thread of the plot is carried up five years later in the sequel to this highly famous film, with Aurora controlling the kingdom after her father’s death. Prince Phillip’s (Harris Dickinson) proposal is accepted by Aurora, but Maleficent is displeased by him and his family.
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil’s title gives away much too much of the plot. Ironically, it also goes against the very clichés that the original film sought to avoid: the dictatorial female villain who exudes evil and is enamoured of power.
Was there really a need for a sequel since the original film ended on such a high note in its subtle yet powerful stand against the entire farcical storyline of a sleeping princess and a rescuing prince? Will it, more crucially, do justice to the first?
Maleficent continues to be the only reason to watch the second picture, Mistress of Evil. The sequel’s issues began with the change in director from Robert Stromberg to Joachim Roenning: little to no character development and a fading plotline.
Maleficent was essentially evil, contrary to what we had learnt, according to the title of the second picture, likely a ruse to keep spectators guessing.
Maleficent’s sequel made a lot of money at the box office thanks to Jolie’s charisma, Ingris’ badassery, and a lot of visual effects.
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, directed by David Yates and written by J. K. Rowling, is a 2018 fantasy film. It is the sequel to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016), the second film in the Fantastic Beasts film series and the ninth overall in the Wizarding World franchise, which started with the Harry Potter film series.
Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller, Zoe Kravitz, Callum Turner, Claudia Kim, William Nadylam, Kevin Guthrie, Jude Law, and Johnny Depp are among the ensemble cast members. It follows Newt Scamander and Albus Dumbledore as they try to stop the dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald while dealing with new threats in a more divided wizarding world, set in 1927.
The Dark Wizard Gellert Grindelwald is transferred to Europe for trial by the Magical Congress of the United States of America (MACUSA) in 1927, but Grindelwald escapes. Newt Scamander visits the Ministry of Magic in London three months later to appeal his international travel restriction, and runs across Leta Lestrange, a Hogwarts classmate and the fiancée of his Auror brother Theseus.
The Ministry agrees to fulfil Newt’s request if he assists Theseus in tracking down Credence Barebone in Paris, but Newt declines after learning that he will have to deal with brutal bounty hunter Gunnar Grimmson. Credence is believed to be Leta’s long-lost half-brother, Corvus Lestrange V, by Albus Dumbledore, who orders Newt to discover him.
Newt is visited by his American friends Queenie Goldstein and Jacob Kowalski, a Muggle who has regained his memories that had been obliterated the year before. After incorrectly believing Newt and Leta were engaged, Newt is unhappy to find Queenie’s sister Tina Goldstein is dating someone.
He deduces from Jacob’s odd behaviour that Queenie bewitched him into eloping in order to get around MACUSA’s prohibition on wizards marrying non-magical people. Jacob refuses to marry Queenie after Newt removes the enchantment, fearing the repercussions. Queenie, Newt, and Jacob travel to find Tina, who is hunting for Credence in Paris.
Credence and imprisoned performer Nagini flee the Circus Arcanus in Paris. In their search for Credence’s birth mother, they come across Irma Dugard, a half-elf servant who brought him to America for adoption. Irma is killed by Grimmson, who is revealed to be a Grindelwald disciple. Tina runs into Yusuf Kama, who is also on the lookout for Credence.
Newt and Jacob track Yusuf down to Tina, only to find her kidnapped. Yusuf also imprisons them, claiming that he made an Unbreakable Vow to kill his half-brother, Credence, whom he believes is his half-brother. Queenie is taken to Grindelwald after being unable to locate Tina; knowing Queenie’s powers, he lets her to leave while coaxing her to join him through her desire to marry Jacob.
Leta and Theseus catch Newt and Tina infiltrating the French Ministry of Magic in search of paperwork to corroborate Credence’s identity; Tina and Newt reconcile after he admits he was never engaged to Leta. Their search leads them to the Lestrange family mausoleum, where Yusuf confesses that he is fulfilling his father Mustafa’s wish to avenge his mother Laurena, who was kidnapped by Corvus Lestrange IV and died giving birth to Leta, Yusuf’s half-sister, using the Imperius Curse.
Leta admits that she unintentionally killed Corvus V: while going to America, she replaced her baby brother with another infant, Credence, because she couldn’t take his frequent weeping; the ship sank, and Corvus drowned.
The group follows a trail to a Grindelwald supporters’ assembly, where Queenie is among the spectators, and Jacob is on the lookout for her. Grindelwald depicts a future global war and rails against the laws that prevent them from preventing such a catastrophe.
As Theseus and the Aurors close in on the rally, Grindelwald urges his followers to spread his message across Europe, conjuring a ring of blue fire that kills the fleeing Aurors and allows only his most devoted followers to safely cross. Leta sacrifices herself so the rest can escape, as Queenie and Credence cross the fire. The remaining wizards and immortal alchemist Nicolas Flamel put out the flames as Grindelwald and his supporters leave. Newt decides to fight alongside Grindelwald.
Newt presents Dumbledore with a vial stolen from Grindelwald, holding a blood pact formed between Grindelwald and Dumbledore as children that precludes them from duelling; Dumbledore believes it can be broken. Grindelwald gives Credence a wand and exposes Credence’s true identity: Aurelius Dumbledore, Albus’ long-lost brother, at Nurmengard Castle, his Austrian base.
The Fantastic Beasts series is an underappreciated gem that everyone should watch. As a lover of the wizarding world and a part-time film reviewer, I adored the first film, and I adored this one even more. The film was visually stunning, proving that J.K. Rowling hasn’t lost her touch when it comes to creating beautiful and unique worlds that you wish you could live in.
The performances were easily the best part of the movie. With his case of beasties, Eddie Redmayne is a lovely lead character who is extremely accessible to individuals of our day. The casting of Jude Law as young Albus Dumbledore was possibly the best in the entire Harry Potter trilogy. More than prior interpretations of the character, he absolutely nails all Dumbledore was in the books.
He isn’t in the movie for very long, but his presence is constantly felt. Then there’s Johnny Depp as Gellert Grindelwald, the titular villain, who is really fantastic. Depp was able to create a one-of-a-kind character that would freak you out with both words and deeds, and he serves as the ideal antagonist for our protagonists in this series.
He steals every scene he’s in, and he looks incredible in whatever he wears. Both returning and new characters gave outstanding performances, but Eddie, Jude, and Johnny were the winners.
Despite the nice things this film has to offer in terms of quality, it suffers from a lack of quantity. The story is solid generally, although there are a few times of heavy lore exposition that should have been removed or reduced to improve the flow of the scenes. If you’re a fan of Harry Potter lore and enjoy hearing about new adventures in the wizarding world, you’ll enjoy these sequences.
There were simply much too many new characters to keep track of and decipher motives for. While all of the returning characters, including Grindelwald and Dumbledore, are easy to follow, several of the fresh ones felt out of place and could have been eliminated. I won’t give anything away about the key plot twists in this film, but they will astound you.
The film feels like a prequel to the Deathly Hallows, in that it slows down the plot to focus on character development, setting up future events, and enabling us to explore more of this unique universe in all its splendour. Some may find this tedious, but I value the fact that it wants us to spend time learning about the characters and creatures before moving on to the next portion of the story.
Overall, a fantastic film worth seeing for its outstanding performances and stunning graphics.
Onward is a computer-animated urban fantasy adventure film released by Walt Disney Pictures in 2020. It was produced by Pixar Animation Studios. The film stars Tom Holland, Chris Pratt, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and Octavia Spencer and is directed by Dan Scanlon, produced by Kori Rae, and written by Scanlon, Jason Headley, and Keith Bunin. The film is set in a suburban fantasy world and follows two elf brothers on a mission to discover an artefact that will briefly bring their dead father back to life.
Onward had its world premiere on February 21, 2020, at the 70th Berlin International Film Festival, and was distributed in theatres on March 6, 2020. Although the film garnered mostly excellent reviews from critics, it only made $141 million worldwide, making it Pixar’s second box office disaster after The Good Dinosaur (2015).
The film’s financial difficulties were caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, which forced movie theatres to close across the country; however, like several other films released in the first months of 2020, it did much better on VOD. For its representation of a lesbian character, Onward drew criticism in various Middle Eastern countries.
Magic was prevalent millennia ago in a world inhabited by fabled beings, yet difficult to master. Over the years, technical advancements rendered magic useless, and it was virtually abandoned.
In the present day, Ian Lightfoot is a self-conscious adolescent elf, while his older brother, Barley, is a zealous and impulsive role-playing gamer. Laurel sends her sons a magical staff, a rare Phoenix gem, and a letter outlining a “visitation spell” that can resurrect Wilden for a single day on Ian’s sixteenth birthday, a present from their father, Wilden, who died just before Ian was born.
Ian succeeds in casting the spell, but is unable to complete it due to Barley’s interruption. As a result, before the gem disintegrates, just the lower half of Wilden’s body gets reconstructed. The brothers set out on a quest to find a new gem and finish the spell before nightfall, bringing Barley’s beloved van “Guinevere” with them. When Laurel notices the boys have vanished, she sets out to find them.
Ian and Barley go to the Manticore’s Tavern, hoping to find a map to another gem. It was once a meeting place for would-be adventurers, but now it’s a family restaurant run by the Manticores (“Corey”). Corey realises how unfulfilling her life has become when arguing with Ian about the map and loses her cool, accidently setting fire to the restaurant and the map.
The only hint the brothers have is a children’s menu that mentions “Raven’s Point,” a neighbouring peak. Later, Laurel arrives and befriends Corey, who informs her that the jewel is guarded by a curse that can only be broken by an enchanted sword. They set out in pursuit of Ian and Barley after snatching the sword from a pawn shop.
When they go to the mountains, Barley suggests walking the “Path of Peril,” but Ian insists on taking the freeway. Ian begins to master magic spells that Barley recalls from his role-playing game as they travel.
They narrowly avoid a motorcycle gang of pixies at a petrol station and have a tense meeting with the cops, during which the boys impersonate their mother’s lover, Colt Bronco, and Ian unwittingly discloses that he thinks Barley is a jerk. To make amends, Ian agrees to take the Path of Peril.
Ian gains confidence after successfully casting a spell that allows him to walk across a bottomless pit, where he was walking without the rope that Barley had tethered him to during the second half of the pit. Bronco apprehends the boys and forces them to return home; Ian complies, but as he begins to start the van, he drives away, resulting in a dramatic police pursuit. When the cops come after them, Barley sacrifices Guinevere to generate a landslide that blocks their way.
“Raven’s Point” is actually a sequence of raven statues that lead them to a cave. Barley admits that he was too terrified to say goodbye to Wilden when he was dying as they explored the cave. A number of traps are avoided by the brothers, including a Gelatinous Cube that dissolves anything it comes into contact with. When they emerge from the cave, they are back in front of Ian’s high school.
Ian screams at Barley for leading them on a merry-go-round, then goes away with Wilden’s legs to spend anyway he wants.
Wow, what a sight! What a fantastic film! I really like the message about how everyone has lost someone in their lives, but they can always look up to others. I also admire how the filmmakers chose to bring people together rather than blowing everything up in order to add additional significance to the film.
More meaning in films encourages viewers to reflect on their own life and the factors that created them. In addition, Chris Pratt’s portrayal of Barley Lightfoot was fantastic, as he properly nailed the essence of the character. In addition, Tom Holland’s portrayal of Ian Lightfoot was as impressive, as he completely absorbed the transformational character.
Because of the parallels established between their characters and their personal lives, Chris and Tom excelled in their performances. The personalities of Barley and Ian are almost diametrically opposed. Barley is a determined, self-assured, and brave character, whereas Ian is not. Ian is a shy, nervous, and fearful young man.
Ian is lovely and determined, but his lack of confidence and anxious energy get the better of him more often than not. Ian believes that if he had more of his father’s advice, his life would be less confusing and chaotic, and he would be able to do more. Because he adores Ian so much, Barley acts as his mentor to ensure that he is directed along the proper road.
He’s a free spirit who cares more about the past than the present, and he’ll battle to the grave, so to speak, to protect historical sites. But, because he’s so preoccupied with the past, he has a hard time succeeding in the present.
They do, however, have one thing in common: they are both selfless. This film is unique in that it stresses the hero’s journey while also emphasising the significance of family. Furthermore, I appreciated how it was situated in a mystical area, which made me think about how we may find enchantment in our everyday lives. Ian’s decision to convert is extremely impactful because it demonstrates that anyone can change with the correct support and encouragement.
Limiting the boys’ visits to their father to a single day serves as a stark reminder of the importance of fully immersing themselves in every moment, as they will most likely never happen again. When it came to the musical soundtrack, my favourite song was “Carry Me With You,” which was located in the end credits and vividly portrays the film’s message of carrying on people’s memories in the heart.
Shyness, comedy, fear, melancholy, love, compassion, and thankfulness were all present in the film. This message will be carried on by my family and me till the end of time. Thank you, Pixar Studios, for creating such a fantastic film! Every fan has a willingness to see more such films and so we request the production to please continue to make films with sincere messages that bring people together by tolerating differences and hearing untold stories.
Joe Cornish wrote and directed The Kid Who Would Be King, a 2019 fantasy action-adventure film. The film stars Louis Ashbourne Serkis, Tom Taylor, Dean Chaumoo, Rhianna Doris, Angus Imrie, Rebecca Ferguson, and Patrick Stewart, and is a British/American collaboration. The story follows a little boy who discovers King Arthur’s renowned sword Excalibur and must use it to save the world from an ancient enchantress.
The film was released in the United States on January 25, 2019, and in the United Kingdom on February 15, 2019, by 20th Century Fox.
Despite good reviews, the film underperformed at the box office, with studio losses believed to be in the $50 million range. It was also 20th Century Fox’s second-to-last picture before the Walt Disney Company acquired the studio on March 20, 2019, as part of their acquisition of 21st Century Fox.
Alex is a twelve-year-old boy in a London suburb who has just started secondary school. When his best buddy Bedders is bullied by Lance and Kaye, two older students, Alex steps in to save him. The headmistress assigns Alex, Lance, and Kaye to detention.
Lance and Kaye devise a plan to assassinate Alex. The pair pursue Alex as he returns home that night, but Alex hides in a nearby construction site, where he discovers and retrieves a curious sword embedded in concrete. When they show it to Bedders, they realise that the markings identify it as Excalibur, King Arthur’s sword. Alex then “knights” Bedders in a humorous manner.
Morgana, the evil sorceress, awakens beneath and summons her Mortes Milles demons to pursue Excalibur. The next day, a teenager emerges from Stonehenge and introduces himself as a new student at Alex’s school.
The youngster reveals himself to Alex as the magician Merlin, who can age backwards but also shifts into his older Arthurian form on occasion. Alex intends to return the sword, as he has little interest in ancient legends. That night, Merlin saves Alex from a demon and tells him that he has four days to kill Morgana or she will enslave the entire country.
Only Alex and those he has knighted can see the Mortes Milles at night, but an imminent total solar eclipse will allow her to fully emerge into the world. Alex notices a resemblance between these events and a storybook his estranged father previously gave him.
Alex deduces that he is a descendant of Arthur through his father, and subsequently recruits and knights Lance and Kaye, who fight alongside Alex and Bedders and kill three monsters. Alex establishes a new Round Table for them. Merlin assigns Alex the duty of locating Morgana’s Underworld prison’s entrance.
Alex takes the gang to Tintagel, where his father was last seen. Merlin instructs them in swordsmanship along the way. Lance, however, betrays Alex and grabs the blade for himself when Morgana infiltrates the lesson. When Alex and Lance come to blows in a marsh, Merlin narrowly saves them, and Excalibur is destroyed. Alex summons the Lady of the Lake, whose arm emerges from the water and restores the sword just as Lance and Kaye are about to leave.
The four overcome an army of demons by enticing them over a cliff after resolving their disputes and rededicating themselves to the goal. Alex meets his aunt Sophie when he arrives in Tintagel, who informs him that his father was an alcoholic who abandoned Alex and his mother, Mary.
Sophie discloses that Mary inscribed the book, which enrages Alex, who believes his mother is lying and that he has travelled such a long distance for nothing. Excalibur is not passed down by birthright, but by individual merit, according to Merlin.
Alex and his companions arm themselves, and Alex uses the storybook to find the Underworld’s entrance. Morgana fights Alex, who transforms into a horrible creature that breathes fire, but Alex defeats her and the children flee.
Alex gives Excalibur to the Lady of the Lake, believing Morgana is dead, knowing that the police would surely seize it, and makes up a tale for his mother, who apologises for her lie:
On the day of the eclipse, Merlin tells Alex that Morgana was only hurt, and Alex understands that he has broken the Chivalric Code by lying to his mother. Alex tells her all that has transpired in a desperate attempt to save her, then stuns her by summoning the Lady of the Lake into the bathtub, where he reclaims Excalibur.
Merlin enchants the faculty at school, while Alex knights the entire student body. Morgana comes with the full Mortes Milles during the eclipse, in a massive, semi-draconic shape. The kids strike back, employing techniques that combine mediaeval combat with modern technology.
Alex decapitates Morgana as she vanishes, dispelling all the demons. Merlin casts a magical spell to remove Morgana from the world, and Alex decapitates her as she vanishes. Merlin encourages Alex, Bedders, Lance, and Kaye to be leaders and bids them farewell. Alex returns the blade to the Lady of the Lake once more.
This film is fantastic! It transported me back to my childhood. “Every young person has an old/wise soul/spirit, and every old person has a child-like soul/spirit,” Martin/Merlin said in the movie. I may have misquoted it a little, but you get the idea. This film has a lot of relevance in today’s world.
But the majority of what I saw and heard was from a Biblical perspective. How, after we learn who we are (in Christ), we may put on our armour, rise up, and combat our demons. The terrible enchantress appeared to me as the dragon mentioned in Revelations 12 and further back in Daniel in the Old Testament. Martin/Merlin also made a forceful statement.
He reminded the youngsters that as they grew older, they would face more fights, but that if they followed the course, they would win them all. If we want to make a difference and see positive change in the world, we must not become weary and give up, as Paul tells us in Hebrews 12:3.
I really advise everyone to see this film. If you have children under the age of 13, I recommend that you sit and watch with them. They may become a little terrified as a result of this. This is a fantastic family film!
Peter Jackson directed The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, a 2012 epic high fantasy adventure film. It’s the first of three films based on J. R. R. Tolkien’s 1937 novel The Hobbit. The Desolation of Smaug (2013) and The Battle of the Five Armies (2014) follow, serving as a prequel to Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings film trilogy. The screenplay for the film was written by Jackson, his longtime collaborators Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens, and Guillermo del Toro, who was set to direct the film before quitting it in 2010.
Peter Jackson accomplished the seemingly impossible a decade ago: converting J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings into an epic big-screen trilogy. The films received critical and financial acclaim at their initial release, transcending the boundaries of the fantasy genre and winning 17 Academy Awards in the process.
With a new trilogy based on The Hobbit, the filmmaker has returned to Middle-earth. An Unexpected Journey joins Bilbo Baggins 60 years before Frodo begins his journey to Mordor, bolstered by 3D and the somewhat controversial use of high frame rate photography.
However, the film’s enormous length and the conspicuous lack of many of the features that made The Lord of the Rings such a joy to watch in the first place detract from the whimsical delight of Tolkien’s tale.
The plot follows the source material very closely. Sir Ian McKellen’s Gandalf pays a visit to young Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman of Sherlock), and before he realises it, 13 dwarves have landed in his living room.
The dwarves aspire to reclaim their country from the dragon Smaug, led by Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage doing his best Rob Zombie impression), and after a lengthy chunk of explanation Bilbo decides to join them on their mission.
While the setup may sound familiar, there is a shocking lack of charm in this film. The Fellowship of the Ring took its time introducing viewers to the Shire, Hobbit life, and the world in general, wooing them before moving on to orcs, goblins, and the Eye of Sauron.
Jackson leaps right into the action here, which, although true to Tolkien’s novel, doesn’t quite work in the movie. We never really get a sense of who Bilbo is, or why embarking on this voyage is such a significant decision for him, and Thorin himself is a cypher but for a few flashbacks.
Journey lacks the high stakes of a world in peril, and the mishmash of dwarfs can’t compete with Aragorn’s captivating personality in the first trilogy – to say nothing of his love tale with Arwen.
The emphasis on character — as well as the broader themes of forgiveness, loss, and pushing beyond one’s own limitations — were key factors in the original Rings trilogy’s enormous appeal.
Throughout Journey’s over three-hour runtime, it’s something that’s desperately lacking. We get a clue at the close of the film that similar themes may be handled in the sequel, The Desolation of Smaug, but the majority of the film feels like an overblown prologue.
To begin with, the cast, both new and old, is outstanding. Martin Freeman was the ideal Bilbo, giving both wit and genuine heart to the part.
The dwarf company as a whole was a delight to behold, at once lighthearted and amusing, but there was also a spiritual closeness to the group that I believe was one of the film’s most valuable features. However, it was Richard Armitage’s performance as Thorin, the dwarf commander, who made the largest impression on me, and I’m looking forward to seeing how his story unfolds.
Of course, we’ll see some recognisable faces, like Ian McKellen, who reprises his role as Gandalf the Grey as if THE LORD OF THE RINGS had just wrapped production. Hugo Weaving makes a brief but powerful appearance as Elrond, and Christopher Lee and Cate Blanchett are equally enthralling as Saruman and Galadriel, respectively (her scenes with Gandalf were particularly touching).
A visual feast would be an understatement to call AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY. Every aspect of Middle-Earth is breathtaking, and there were times when I had to catch my breath when I visited some old haunts.
The celestial and mystical Elven city of Rivendell, which has to be seen to be believed, to Hobbiton, which appeared every bit as warm and cosy as it did with the LOTR epic. The dark, yet majestic city of Erebor, which the dwarves are attempting to regain, is also introduced in the film’s dramatic opening. Overall, it’s an incredible return to a world that’s often even more lovely than before.
Unlike the next two Hobbit films, which are full of padding and bloat, An Unexpected Journey is unquestionably the most faithful adaptation of Tolkien’s novel. With a wonderful ensemble and a perfect performer for Bilbo, the actors and characters are in perfect rhythm.
In my opinion, no film is ever perfect, but this one comes the closest, with only one flaw that bothered me: at the end, when the eagles drop them off on the cliff and they can see the Lonely Mountain in the distance, the eagles couldn’t have flown the extra ten minutes and saved them all of the problems in the following two films.
The Sorcerer’s Apprentice is a 2010 American action-adventure film directed by Jon Turteltaub and released by Walt Disney Pictures, the studio behind the National Treasure film series. It was produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and directed by Jon Turteltaub. Nicolas Cage and Jay Baruchel lead in the picture, which also has Alfred Molina, Teresa Palmer, and Monica Bellucci in supporting roles.
The film is named after The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, a section from Disney’s non-consecutive film duo Fantasia (1940) and Fantasia 2000 (1999).
It stars Mickey Mouse (with an extensive reference to it in one scene), and it is based on Paul Dukas’ late-1890s symphonic poem and Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s song from 1797. Balthazar Blake (Nicolas Cage), a “Merlinean,” is a sorcerer in modern-day Manhattan, battling evil forces, particularly his rival, Maxim Horvath (Alfred Molina), while hunting for the person who would inherit Merlin’s powers (“The Prime Merlinian”).
Merlin, the powerful magician, had three apprentices in 740 AD in England: Balthazar Blake, Veronica Gorloisen, and Maxim Horvath. Horvath betrays his master by allying with Morgana le Fay, an evil witch.
Before Veronica can steal Morgana’s soul from her body and assimilate it into her own, Morgana mortally wounds Merlin. Morgana tries to kill Veronica by controlling her from within, but Balthazar intervenes by imprisoning Morgana and Veronica in the “Grimhold,” a magical prison shaped like a nesting doll.
Merlin gives Balthazar a dragon figurine before he dies, which will identify the Prime Merlinean, Merlin’s descendent and the only one capable of defeating Morgana. Balthazar imprisons Morganians, sorcerers who try to release Morgana, including Horvath, within various layers of the Grimhold while searching for his descendent throughout history.
After straying from his school field trip in New York City in the year 2000, 10-year-old Dave Stutler runs across Balthazar in his Manhattan antique store. When Balthazar presents Dave with Merlin’s dragon sculpture, the statue comes to life and forms a ring around the boy’s finger.
Dave accidently opens the Grimhold, releasing the imprisoned Horvath, when Balthazar goes to get a book intended to teach magic. Balthazar and Horvath are imprisoned in an antique Chinese urn with a ten-year lock curse while battling for control of the Grimhold.
When Dave claims to have seen magic only to find the business vacant, his classmates mock him. He is subjected to intense bullying, and his hallucinations are misdiagnosed as a “glucose imbalance.” Despite this, David keeps the ring.
Dave, now 20 years old and a physics student at New York University, encounters his childhood crush Becky ten years later. He falls head over heels for her and instantly repairs the transmitting mast of the radio station where she works when it is struck by lightning. Horvath and Balthazar are freed from the urn’s ten-year incarceration curse.
Horvath is on the hunt for Dave and the Grimhold. Balthazar rides an animatronic steel eagle modified from a Chrysler Building gargoyle to save Dave. Balthazar agrees to go after locating the Grimhold, and Dave first refuses to help him because he has been under mental care since their first meeting. They follow the Grimhold to Chinatown, where Horvath has freed Sun Lok, the next Morganian.
Balthazar retrieves the Grimhold after Dave fights Sun Lok. Dave changes his mind and accepts to become Balthazar’s apprentice, recognising that he enjoys magic after all. Against Balthazar’s wishes and advise, he becomes romantically connected with Becky, impressing her by playing the OneRepublic song “Secrets” with the Tesla coils he has been working with.
It’s a shame this was never turned into an animated series. It’s got good action, a dorky protagonist who’s clearly a Spider-Man fan (though more frustratingly awkward), and Nicolas Cage at his best.
The magic system is also really cool, and the quasi-scientific approach to sorcery reminds me of Doctor Strange from the Marvel Cinematic Universe (I don’t feel bad discussing the MCU in a Disney movie review). Alfred Molina seemed to be having more fun as a villain than he did in Spider-Man 2, which was highly theatrical.
The list of disadvantages is brief. Our resident geek hero, Dave Stutler, barely participates in the most of the action. Balthazar Blake, on the other hand, steals the show to the point where it’s hard to believe Dave is meant to be the most powerful sorcerer on the planet.
Once again, it’s evident that a sequel was planned, and the crew took corners while assuming it will happen. Monica Bellucci is basically ineffective, but she’s been that way for a long time.
Alex Russo conjures up a spell to get rid of her bad attributes and unwittingly creates a Good and Evil Alex while trying to convince her family that she can be mature and responsible. When Evil Alex becomes embroiled in an evil wizard’s plot to take over the world, Good Alex must find a way to save her family, humanity, and herself in an epic Good vs. Evil conflict.
Jerry’s birthday is today. Max constantly uses the same Cat, which Jerry thinks he has a collection of, because Justin and Alex share the same gift, which Justin exclusively works on. This time, though, Justin refuses to share his gift with Alex, which is a magical pencil holder/sharpener; nonetheless, Justin does allow Max to share his gift.
As a result, Alex wishes to give him a gift that he will remember. She ends up bestowing Merlin’s Hat upon him, which allows him whatever wish he desires.
When his first request is pencils for Justin’s gift, Alex becomes irritated, and Justin points out that Jerry is using her gift to improve Justin’s gift, so Alex uses the hat to transform the Sub Station into The Asteroid Belt, her father’s favourite restaurant as a kid.
He does it to demonstrate that he should not waste her gift, but mostly to demonstrate that her gift is superior to Justin’s. The new eatery is a huge hit, but things get even worse when aliens arrive at Waverly Place in search of the long-lost milkshake machine.
It seems like such a simple concept, and I’m surprised that other publishers haven’t thought of it before. First, look for a book of children’s poetry. Consider Jack Prelutsky’s “Nightmares: Poems to Keep You Up at Night” (circa 1976). Step two: Address the poet’s author (if he or she is still alive, of course) and say, “Whoa.”
Wouldn’t it be fantastic if we turned your old poem, ‘The Wizard,’ into a picture book?” Obtain authorization to do so. Step three is the most important. Look for an upcoming illustrator. Someone you’ve previously worked with and are confident will become the Next Big Thing. Step Four: Rejoice as your brilliant concept makes the New York Times bestseller list, and reflect on how rational and straightforward the entire process was. Is this oversimplifying things? Yup.
But when I saw Jack Prelutsky’s “The Wizard” in its entirety, I recognised how ripe the market for this type of poetic picture book is. Douglas Florian and other Shel Silverstein descendants may want to think about the benefits of this type of work. When you throw in current Greenwillow baby Brandon Dorman, you’ve got yourself a book that’s bound to earn a lot of admirers right away.
You may believe that this was a cheerful tale about your average daily wizardy man based on the benign fellow on the cover. That is not the case. “The magician, alert, sits alone / within his tower of cold grey stone / and ponders in his wicked way / what bad things he’ll accomplish this day,” we discover right away.
A cheerful little cluster of dwellings sits below, while the magician focuses his attention to a frog up in the adjoining tower. He transforms it into two mice, a cockatoo, a little cockatoo, chalk, a silver bell, and ultimately back to a frog.
Then, just as the poor creature is about to flee, the frog is transformed into a thick cloud of smoke. “Should you find a toad or a lizard / examine closely, it may be the work of a wizard,” the wizard warns us, now completely amused. The presence of a chameleon on a skateboard suggests as much.
CGI is at a crossroads right now, and it needs to figure precisely where it wants to go. Is there any point in making art on a computer if it only looks like paint on a canvas? Perhaps, if the end product is as natural and appealing as Brandon Dorman’s.
I seriously doubt that somebody picking up this book on the spur of the moment would assume it was created totally digitally. These photographs have been handled with great care. The Wizard’s transformation of a cockatoo into a chunk of chalk was depicted in a two-page spread that I especially enjoyed.
The old man’s cracked and blackened fingers gingerly reach to pick up a rainbow-swirled piece that lies nicely on some stone. This is sorcery of a new kind, especially when you consider Dorman’s sense for light, textures, and details.
Dorman’s Wizard is a strange character. Prelutsky makes it clear from the beginning that he is a nasty nut. Despite the fact that his wizard has a “tangled beard hanging from his chin,” Dorman initially chooses to pursue the Gandalf/Dumbledore route and give him a smooth, almost creamy kind of facial hair. A good description would be vanilla pudding.
In general, the Wizard appears to be a lovely guy at first, which is in contrast with the writing. We only see how gnarly and nasty his long fingernailed hands are as the story progresses. However, as he transforms a frog into other items and creatures, the man’s features harden.
His eyes are obviously frigid and his smile vicious by the time he stands in front of the glass, studying the now returned frog sitting on his fingertips. The ending leaves you with little doubt about the villain’s next action.
The poem lacks the scary warnings of poets like Shel Silverstein (I’m still afraid the gipsies are coming for me any day now), but it’s strong enough to stand alone in this new set of packaging.
Mike Newell directed the 2010 American action fantasy film Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time. The screenplay was written by Jordan Mechner, Boaz Yakin, Doug Miro, and Carlo Bernard, and was produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and released by Walt Disney Pictures on May 28, 2010.
Jake Gyllenhaal portrays Prince Dastan, Gemma Arterton portrays Princess Tamina, Ben Kingsley portrays Nizam, Toby Kebbell portrays Garsiv, and Alfred Molina portrays Sheik Amar. Ubisoft made and distributed the film, which is based on the same-named computer game. The other two titles in the Prince of Persia video game franchise’s Sands of Time trilogy, Warrior Within and The Two Thrones, are also mentioned.
On May 5, 2010, the film premiered in London, and on May 28, 2010, it was released in the United States. It received mixed reviews from critics, but the majority acknowledged that it was a welcome improvement over previous video game adaptations at the time. Until Warcraft surpassed it in 2016, it was the highest-grossing video game film, collecting over $336 million against a production budget of $150–200 million.
Dastan, a brave Persia street urchin, is adopted by King Sharaman. After fifteen years, the king’s biological sons Dastan, Tus, and Garsiv learn from their brother Nizam that the sacred city of Alamut is making weapons for Persia’s enemies.
Tus commands the Persian army to capture Alamut. Dastan and his allies storm the city and establish a siege gate. During the attack, Dastan defeats a royal guard and grabs a sacred blade from him.
Alamut is conquered by the Persians, but Princess Tamina denies that the city has any weapon forges. Tus proposes marriage to her in order to bring the two nations closer together, but she rejects until she sees Dastan’s knife. At their joyful banquet, Tus has Dastan give their father an embroidered robe.
The robe, on the other hand, is poisoned, and Sharaman dies as a result. Dastan and Tamina depart after Garsiv accuses them of the king’s assassination. Tus is crowned king, and Dastan’s head is marked with a bounty.
Tamina tries to assassinate Dastan while hiding with the dagger, but Dastan realises that the dagger allows the wielder to travel back in time during the war. Dastan concludes that Tus attacked Alamut in quest of the dagger, and he intends to confront his brother at Avrat during the king’s funeral.
Along the way, the two are kidnapped by merchant-bandits led by Sheik Amar, who are after the reward money, but they manage to escape. After landing in Avrat, Dastan tries to persuade Nizam of his innocence.
Dastan realises Nizam was the mastermind behind the king’s assassination when he finds burns on his hands. Furthermore, Nizam has set up an ambush for Dastan in the Persian streets, but after a fight with Garsiv, Dastan manages to escape. The Hassansins, a clandestine squad, are dispatched by Nizam to assassinate Dastan and collect the dagger.
Tamina tells Dastan that the gods planned to destroy humanity with a giant sandstorm, but were touched by a young girl’s vow to sacrifice herself in humanity’s place, and trapped the Sands of Time in a massive sandglass.
Tamina is the most recent guardian of the gods’ dagger, which has the ability to breach the sandglass and maybe destroy the cosmos while also allowing the bearer to travel further back in time than the dagger’s one minute of sand. Nizam’s aim, Dastan realises, is to return to his boyhood, avoid saving Sharaman from a lion attack, and grow up to be King of Persia in Sharaman’s place.
Amar recaptures the two, but Dastan saves Amar’s forces from a Hassansin attack with the dagger. This convinces Amar to join them to a refuge near Hindu Kush, where Tamina will enclose the knife in the stone it came from. They are discovered at the sanctuary by Garsiv, whom Dastan convinces of his innocence, but the Hassansins attack them, killing Garsiv and stealing the dagger.
Dastan and his gang return to Alamut in order to collect Nizam’s dagger and warn Tus about Nizam. Amar’s right-hand man, Seso, dies while retrieving the dagger for Dastan, who then utilises the blade’s talents to persuade Tus.
Nizam then interrupts them, kills Tus, and hands the dagger back to them. Tamina saves Dastan from being killed, and the two go through the city’s underground passages to the sandglass. When they approach Nizam, he stabs the sandglass and throws them both off a cliff. Tamina makes the ultimate sacrifice by letting go of Dastan’s hand and dying so he can fight Nizam.
Nizam thrusts the dagger into the mystical column of sandglass beneath the temple as sand is released from the sandglass, Dastan clutches the hilt of the dagger with Nizam, and time rewinds to the moment Dastan discovered the dagger. He finds Tus and Garsiv and tells them of Nizam’s treason.
Nizam challenges him, but Dastan easily defeats him and spares him; however, Nizam rises and attacks again, which Tus subdues and kills. Tus apologises to Tamina for the siege and suggests that the bond between the two nations be cemented by the Princess’ marriage to Dastan. Dastan proposes to Tamina and gives her the dagger as an engagement gift, expressing his joy for their future together.
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time is one of the few video game films that hasn’t fallen into the abyss of bad video game movies. They were able to get the scenery down packed because Pirates of the Caribbean director Jerry Bruckheimer was involved in the production of this film.
The performance was excellent, and while the story may have been better executed, it was still satisfactory. The graphics and audio, in addition to the action and stunts, were outstanding (hardcore parkour).
While it isn’t perfect, it is one of the few video game films that, if revived, may make a comeback, improve, and possibly lead to the creation of a film series based on the games. The potential is there, but at this time, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time is more likely to be remembered by fans than Disney.
J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is the seventh and final instalment in the Harry Potter series. It was published on July 21, 2007 by Bloomsbury Publishing in the United Kingdom, Scholastic in the United States, and Raincoast Books in Canada. The events of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2005) are continued in this volume, culminating in the last encounter between Harry Potter and Lord Voldemort.
Deathly Hallows shattered sales records when it was originally released, surpassing those set by previous Harry Potter volumes. With 8.3 million novels sold in the United States and 2.65 million in the United Kingdom, it holds the Guinness World Record for the most novels sold in 24 hours.
In 2008, the Colorado Blue Spruce Book Award was given to the book, and in 2009, the American Library Association named it the “Best Book for Young Adults.” Part 1 of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was published in November 2010 and Part 2 of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was published in July 2011.
Throughout the previous six volumes of the series, the main character Harry Potter had suffered with puberty, as well as being known as the only person to ever survive the Killing Curse.
Despite a prophecy that predicted Harry would be able to overcome him, the curse was placed on Harry by Tom Riddle, popularly known as Lord Voldemort, a powerful evil wizard who murdered Harry’s parents and attempted to kill him as a newborn. When Harry was an orphan, he was placed in the care of his Muggle (non-magical) relatives Petunia and Vernon Dursley, as well as their son Dudley Dursley.
In The Philosopher’s Stone, Harry re-enters the wizarding world at the age of eleven, enrolling at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. He befriends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, and is mentored by the school’s headmaster, Albus Dumbledore. He is also introduced to Professor Severus Snape, who despises and taunts him.
Voldemort appears to Harry several times while he is in school, as the wizard tries to reclaim his physical form. In Goblet of Fire, Harry is unexpectedly enlisted in the Triwizard Tournament, which he soon realises is a set-up to allow Lord Voldemort to return his full strength. Harry and a handful of his allies combat the Death Eaters, Voldemort’s foes, in Order of the Phoenix.
Voldemort’s soul has been divided into several parts, and Harry learns in Half-Blood Prince that he has made “Horcruxes” out of various unknown materials to contain them. As a result, he’s guaranteed his immortality for as long as one of the Horcruxes is alive.
Two of them had been destroyed previously: a notepad destroyed by Harry in Chamber of Secrets and a ring destroyed by Dumbledore soon before the events of Half-Blood Prince. Harry is enlisted by Dumbledore to assist him destroy a third Horcrux, Slytherin’s locket.
However, an unknown wizard had removed the Horcrux, and when they returned, Draco Malfoy ambushed and disarmed Dumbledore. Because Draco is unable to kill Dumbledore, Snape takes his place.
Not only is the novel wonderful, but the movie adaption amazing as well. JK Rowling’s meticulous attention to detail astounds everyone! I’m still confused as to how someone could be so bright and inventive as to create the cosmos to which I’m so committed!
The performers who played the parts were, in my opinion, perfect for the roles. Rupert Grint, Tom Felton, Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, and the rest of the ensemble are all outstanding actors. It’s astonishing that The Sorcerer’s Stone was half of the cast’s first film, and yet they provide Oscar-worthy performances.
I strongly suggest you to do so if you haven’t already. (If you don’t, believe me, you’re missing out!) Not only are there more scenes, but also more detail. Only one word comes to mind: bravo!
This movie has a chance to be the best you’ve ever seen! I just finished the series a week ago, and I loved it! They should never have ended, in my opinion. J.K Rowling even confessed that pairing Ron and Hermione instead of Harry and Hermione was a mistake. The latter two films have yet to be watched, but the books are great! Harry Potter is my favourite series, and don’t miss Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them!
J.K. Rowling did an excellent job with the Harry Potter films as well; if only they could go on indefinitely! I’m also sad that these books are coming to an end; they were AMAZING! Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, and Emma Watson did a fantastic job! Excellent work! And, of course, director David Heyman did a great job! The only blunder was that the soundtrack during the Quidditch Cup with Malfoy in the Chamber of Secrets was identical to Star Wars. Isn’t that so?
The Lightning Thief was released in 2005 as the first young adult novel in Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson & the Olympians series. It’s based on Greek legends. The Adult Library Services Association called it one of the Best Books for Young Adults, among other accolades.
It was adapted into a film, Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, which was released in the United States on February 12, 2010. Riordan announced on May 14, 2020 that the Percy Jackson & the Olympians series would be made into a live-action TV series for Disney+, with The Lightning Thief as the first season.
Percy Jackson is a twelve-year-old dyslexic boy who suffers from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) (ADHD). While on a school trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, one of the chaperones, Mrs. Dodds, transforms into a Fury and assaults him. Percy’s favourite teacher, Mr. Brunner, lends him a magical sword-pen to help him defeat her. Percy and his mother, Sally, travel to Long Island.
Percy’s buddy Grover reveals himself to be a satyr and forewarns of approaching disaster. At a summer camp, Sally is attacked by a minotaur and vanishes in a flash of light. Percy kills the beast with one of its own horns. He learns that the camp is known as Camp Half-Blood and that he is a demigod, having been born to a human mother and a Greek god father.
He adjusts to camp life and meets several other demigods, including Luke and Annabeth. After being mauled by a hellhound, he is rescued by Chiron and later claimed by his father, the deity Poseidon. Percy learns from Chiron that the three eldest male gods—Poseidon, Zeus, and Hades—swore an oath not to have children, and that Percy is a violation of that oath.
He is the second person to betray the promise, with Thalia, Zeus’s daughter, being the first. Hades dispatches demons to assassinate her. This, combined with the recent theft of Zeus’ master lightning bolt, has created a lot of distrust among the gods.
Percy has to track down Zeus’ lightning bolt. He takes Annabeth and Grover to the realm of Hades, the most likely suspect. Percy brings Anaklusmos, Chiron’s magical sword, and Luke’s flying footwear. To see Hades, the group heads to Los Angeles.
The Furies, Medusa, Echidna, and the Chimera attack them along the road. They do a favour for Ares, who rewards them with a backpack full of provisions as well as safe transportation to Nevada. Percy learns more about his comrades, his abilities, and the Greek gods’ world.
Grover is nearly carried into Tartarus by Luke’s flying shoes in Hades’ realm. When the damaged gang eventually finds Hades, he learns that his Helm of Darkness has been mysteriously stolen as well, and accuses Percy of stealing it. Unless his helm is returned, Hades threatens to kill his hostage Sally and resurrect the dead.
The party realises they’ve all been duped by Ares when Percy discovers the missing master bolt inside Ares’ rucksack. Percy challenges Ares to a beach combat after narrowly escaping the Underworld. Percy triumphs after a long and arduous battle, and he hands over the Helm of Darkness to the Furies.
Percy returns to Zeus on Mount Olympus with the master bolt. Percy returns as a hero to Camp Half-Blood and spends the remainder of his summer there. However, on the last day of camp, he travels into the woods with Luke, who reveals himself to be the true thief of Hades’ Helm and Zeus’ bolt, acting on Kronos’ orders.
Kronos had duped the power-hungry Ares into participating in the plot. Luke discusses why he believes the gods are too reckless and inept leaders who must be deposed. He invites Percy to join him, and when Percy declines, Luke attempts to kill him with a scorpion. Percy has been poisoned and passes out.
When he awakens, he is given the option of returning home for the school year or staying at camp all year. Even though it will be more perilous for him with Luke and Kronos on the loose, he decides to spend the school year with his mother. Grover and Annabeth also depart for the year, promising to remain in touch with Percy.
The Lighting Thief is the first book in a series about Percy Jackson, a typical 12-year-old kid who discovers he is the son of a Greek god.
From there, Percy, his pals Annabeth, Grover, and his half-brother Tyson go on perilous missions to return a lightning bolt to Zeus, the original wielder, in order to prevent an evil Titan from rising.
Rick Riordan has an incredible sense of humour, which is one of my favourite aspects of this middle grade novel. I’d recommend it to kids over the age of eight, and I’m sure there aren’t many who don’t like light, fast-paced reading!
On the journey, he encounters betrayal, death, and terrifying facts that don’t always serve him well, but this story teaches us that we all have a flaw, and that flaw may sometimes be our greatest strength. The lessons to be learned from these stories are concealed between the lines, which is another fantastic feature that makes for a fantastic read!
If you’ve already begun reading this narrative, don’t wait another week to finish it. I lost my line of thought near the conclusion of the first time I read this book and flew away with Grover’s shoes, so don’t make the same mistake! The books are beautifully written in first person and are a must-read for everyone who enjoys Harry Potter (if that’s a barometer).
The Fellowship of the Ring is a 2001 epic fantasy adventure film directed by Peter Jackson and based on J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, the first volume of Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring is the first instalment of the Lord of the Rings trilogy.
It was written by Walsh, Philippa Boyens, and Barrie M. Osborne, and produced by Barrie M. Osborne, Jackson, Fran Walsh, and Tim Sanders. Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler, Viggo Mortensen, Sean Astin, Cate Blanchett, John Rhys-Davies, Billy Boyd, Dominic Monaghan, Orlando Bloom, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, Sean Bean, Ian Holm, and Andy Serkis are among the ensemble cast members.
The lords of Elves, Dwarves, and Men are given Rings of Power in Middle-Second earth’s Age. Unbeknownst to them, the Dark Lord Sauron forges the One Ring in Mount Doom, infusing it with a large portion of his power in order to control the other Rings and conquer Middle-earth.
In Mordor, a final alliance of Men and Elves fights Sauron’s army. Isildur of Gondor severs Sauron’s finger and with it the Ring, defeating Sauron and restoring him to spirit form. The Third Age of Middle-earth begins with Sauron’s first defeat.
Isildur is corrupted by the Ring’s influence, and he takes it for himself, only to be murdered by Orcs later. For 2,500 years, the Ring is lost in a river until it is discovered by Gollum, who holds it for five centuries. The ring abandons Gollum and is later discovered by Bilbo Baggins, a hobbit who is unaware of its history.
Sixty years later, Bilbo returns to the Shire to celebrate his 111th birthday with his old friend, the wizard Gandalf the Grey. Bilbo says that he plans to leave the Shire for one last adventure, and he will leave his estate to his nephew Frodo, which includes the Ring.
Gandalf analyses the Ring and learns that Gollum was kidnapped and tortured by Sauron’s Orcs, revealing two words during his interrogation: “Shire” and “Baggins.” Gandalf reappears and tells Frodo that he must leave the Shire. Gandalf goes to Isengard to meet with the wizard Saruman as Frodo departs with his companion, gardener Samwise Gamgee, but learns his partnership with Sauron, who has ordered his nine undead Nazgûl servants to find Frodo.
Frodo and Sam are joined by Merry and Pippin, and they elude the Nazgûl on their way to Bree, where they are supposed to meet Gandalf. Gandalf, on the other hand, never appears, having been kidnapped by Saruman. A Ranger named Strider then assists the hobbits, promising to accompany them to Rivendell. The Nazgûl ambush them atop Weathertop, and the Witch-King, their leader, stabs Frodo with a Morgul blade.
Arwen, an Elf and Strider’s beloved, locates Strider and saves Frodo, causing the Nazgûl to be swept away by floodwaters. She transports him to Rivendell, where the Elves heal him. Gandalf, having left Isengard on a Great Eagle, greets Frodo. Strider and Arwen reconcile that night, and they declare their love for one another.
Faced with threats from both Sauron and Saruman, Arwen’s father, Lord Elrond, decides that the Ring should not be kept in Rivendell. He convenes a council of Elves, Men, and Dwarves, which includes Frodo and Gandalf, and resolves that the Ring must be destroyed in Mount Doom’s fires.
Gandalf, Sam, Merry, Pippin, Elf Legolas, Dwarf Gimli, Boromir of Gondor, and Strider—who is actually Aragorn, Isildur’s successor and the rightful King of Gondor—volunteer to seize the Ring. Bilbo, who is now residing in Rivendell, presents Frodo with his sword, Sting, as well as a mithril chainmail shirt.
The Fellowship of the Ring sets out across Caradhras Mountain, but Saruman conjures a storm, forcing them to pass through the Mines of Moria. The Fellowship is assaulted by Orcs and a cave troll after discovering the Dwarves of Moria dead. They hold them off, but Durin’s Bane, a Balrog that lives in the mines, confronts them.
Gandalf fends off the Balrog and casts it into a deep abyss while the others flee, but the Balrog takes Gandalf down into the darkness with him. The Fellowship arrives at Lothlórien, which is controlled by the Elf-queen Galadriel, who privately advises Frodo that only he can finish the quest and that one of his Fellowship comrades will attempt to steal the Ring. Meanwhile, in Isengard, Saruman raises an army of Uruk-hai to track down and murder the Fellowship.
The Fellowship journeys to Parth Galen via river. Frodo goes off and is accosted by Boromir, who, as Lady Galadriel warned, tries to seize the Ring. The Uruk-hai assault the Fellowship, kidnapping Merry and Pippin, and mortally wounding Boromir by the Uruk chieftain Lurtz.
Aragorn appears, murders Lurtz, and comforts Boromir as he dies, pledging to aid the people of Gondor in the impending struggle. Frodo decides to walk to Mordor alone, fearful that the Ring will corrupt his friends, but quickly reconsiders, allowing Sam to accompany him after remembering his vow to Gandalf to care for him.
Frodo and Sam make their way down Emyn Muil’s mountain pass as Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimli decide to save Merry and Pippin. Frodo tells Sam that he’s delighted to be beside him as they continue their journey to Mordor.
Since my parents gave me this trilogy as a Christmas present when I was four years old, it has been one of the biggest and best movie trilogies I have ever had the pleasure of growing up with, along with my family doing the same thing.
Since then, my family and I have adored and memorised the Lord of the Rings trilogy, and I am still enamoured with it at the age of 24. Everything about this picture, which kicks off the trilogy, is so engaging and captivating: the people, the musical scores, the tale, the settings, the clothing styles, the weaponry, the magic.
Even the mysteries in this film are intriguing, such as whether Frodo would accept responsibility for being the One Ring’s bearer.
Will the Fellowship’s journey to Mordor be successful? Will Aragorn embrace his role as Gondor’s successor to the kingdom and give up his life as a ranger in the wild? Will Frodo be able to summon the fortitude and bravery he requires to continue on his journey to Mordor, no matter what happens? Will the Enemy be able to reclaim the One Ring that he crafted in the first place, and will Frodo ever go on another trip after this one, given that it is his first outside of his home? The number of riddles and questions continues to grow, and it only gets better.
The Fellowship of the Ring is undeniably intriguing for just about everyone, and once you start reading it, you’ll be hooked on the quest to destroy the One Ring of Power, and you’ll probably not want to put it down until you find out what happens next.
If Bilbo’s first experience in The Hobbit was wonderful, Frodo’s first adventure in The Lord of the Rings is much more so.
My favourite character is Legolas the elf, and my sister’s favourite character is Aragorn the ranger; we’re still smitten with them, as well as all the other beautiful characters who are just as talented and brave.
These films must be seen in order, beginning with The Fellowship of the Ring. This is because it starts you on one of the greatest experiences of all time, just as it did for me and my family for years. You’ll want to watch Part 1 of this trilogy over and over again because it’s so fascinating and fantastic. I guarantee you won’t be sorry.I have never done it before, and I’ll never do it again!
Andrew Adamson co-wrote and directed The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, a 2008 high fantasy film based on Prince Caspian (1951), the second published and fourth chronological novel in C. S. Lewis’ epic fantasy series, The Chronicles of Narnia. Following The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, it is the second film in the Narnia film series from Walden Media (2005).
Almost 1,300 years have passed in Narnia since the Pevensie siblings left. Caspian, a Telmarine prince, is awakened by his mentor Doctor Cornelius, who informs him that his aunt has given birth to a boy and that his life is in dire danger. Cornelius hands him Queen Susan’s antique magical horn and tells him to use it whenever he needs assistance.
Caspian departs, knowing that his uncle Miraz would assassinate him in order to become king. Caspian is pursued by Telmarine soldiers and falls off his horse in the woods, where he meets two Narnian dwarfs and a talking badger. After sacrificing himself to save Caspian, one of the dwarves, Trumpkin, is arrested by the soldiers, while the other dwarf, Nikabrik, and the badger, Trufflehunter, save Caspian. Caspian, unaware that they are attempting to save him, blasts the magical horn in an attempt to summon assistance.
In England, the four Pevensie children wait for their train to take them to boarding school at the Strand tube station. In their world, a year has passed since they left Narnia. The station tears apart as the train pulls into the station, taking them back to Narnia. They arrive to find their castle, Cair Paravel, has been besieged and damaged while they have been away. The Pevensies save a tied and gagged Trumpkin from drowning and embark on a journey together.
Meanwhile, Caspian is escorted to the Dancing Lawn by Nikabrik and Trufflehunter, where all the old Narnians have gathered. Caspian persuades them to aid him in his quest for the throne. Caspian and his army meet the Pevensies and Trumpkin on their way to Aslan’s How, a massive underground hall erected over the Stone Table.
Lucy wants to wait for Aslan, but Peter thinks they’ve had enough of waiting and considers invading Miraz’s fortress. The Narnians successfully infiltrate the castle, but when the gate is sabotaged, Peter orders a retreat. Half of the Narnians manage to flee, while the remainder are stuck behind the locked gate and killed mercilessly by crossbowmen.
Caspian is told by Nikabrik that there is a way for him to claim his throne and ensure Miraz’s death. When Caspian accepts, a hag summons the White Witch using black wizardry. The Witch tries to get Caspian to give her a drop of his blood in order to set her free from behind an ice wall. Before the Witch can be freed, Peter, Edmund, Trumpkin, and Lucy arrive and dispatch Nikabrik, while Edmund shatters the ice wall.
At Aslan’s How, Miraz and his men arrive. To buy Lucy and Susan time to find Aslan, Peter challenges Miraz to a one on one duel. Peter wounds Miraz and hands up his sword to Caspian to finish him off. Caspian, unable to do so, spares Miraz’s life but declares that he aims to return Narnia to its inhabitants.
One of Miraz’s generals, Lord How Sopespian, unexpectedly stabs and kills Miraz with an arrow, blaming the Narnians, sparking a great conflict between the Narnians and the Telmarines. Meanwhile, Lucy has discovered Aslan in the woods; he awakens the trees, and the entire forest attacks the Telmarines at once.
Lord Sopespian issues a retreat order, only to be met by Lucy and Aslan. Aslan calls a river god, who annihilates the Telmarine army, including Sopespian; the remaining Telmarine warriors submit and hand over their weapons.
Caspian is crowned King of Narnia, and with Aslan’s assistance, the Narnian and Telmarine kingdoms are at peace. Before the Pevensies leave, Peter and Susan confess that Aslan has promised them that they will never return to Narnia, but Lucy and Edmund may. Before the Pevensies sail to England, leaving Caspian as King of Narnia, Susan kisses Caspian, knowing she will never see him again.
I never expected a sequel like this, but I’m blown away and have been for years; my sister and I have loved this film for years, and while we don’t love it as much as the first, we still like it.
Ben was an excellent option for Prince Caspian’s voice actor. And it was wonderful to hear Liam Neeson’s voice as the beloved and wonderful Aslan once more. Despite the absence of the Beavers or Mr. Tumnus from the original storey, the new characters in this new story were all fantastic. And that disappointed me a little. However, we continue to adore the new characters, as well as the new tale, effects, sensations, and everything else.
You must see this film if you truly want to know what happens to the Pevensie children after their first victory in Narnia since they left for the first time; everything will astound you as much as everyone else, including a few familiar faces, including the White Witch once more; I was very pleased that Tilda Swinton was brought back because she was outstanding in the original film.
If you thought The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe was a real pleasure, you’re in for a genuine treat with Prince Caspian as you return to the magical, enthralling, and ever-glorious realm of Narnia. A world that I, for one, would absolutely love to live in from now until the end of time.
Lyra Belacqua is a young orphan who is followed by Gyptians and an armoured bear on a voyage to the far north. She’s on a mission to save her best buddy as well as other kidnapped kids.
For a young girl, life was anything but ordinary: living among professors in Jordan College’s venerable halls and tearing through Oxford’s winding alleys on irrational hunts for excitement.
Lyra’s greatest voyage, however, would begin much closer to home, on the day she overheard whispers about a mysterious particle. The mystical dust unearthed in the vast Arctic expanse of the North was said to have profound characteristics that might join entire worlds, despite its microscopic size.
However, there were people who feared the particle and would go to any length to eliminate it. Lyra was compelled to seek help from clans, ‘gyptians, and fearsome armoured bears after being thrown into the middle of a deadly battle. And as she travelled into unimaginable peril, she had no idea that she was the only one who could win or lose this life-or-death battle.
“The Golden Compass” is a darker, more complex fantasy epic than the “Lord of the Rings” series, “The Chronicles of Narnia,” or the “Harry Potter” movie. It’s set in the same British universe of quasi-philosophical magic as the first, but with more sophisticated antagonists and more intriguing questions.
It’s a fantastic visual experience. It’s a difficult escapist fantasy to write. Teenagers may be entranced, and younger children may be enthralled; nevertheless, some children in the middle may be conflicted due to the ambiguous connotations.
They weren’t murky in the original 1995 novel, part of Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy, which was a best seller in the United Kingdom but not so much in the United States. Pullman’s malevolent force, the Magisterium, portrays institutionalised religion in the books, and his trilogy is about the death of God, whom he views as an elderly, spent force.
The Magisterium is portrayed as a kind of Soviet dictatorship or Big Brother in this adaptation by New Line Cinema and writer-director Chris Weitz (“About a Boy”). The novels have been criticised by American Christians over religious issues; yet, their popularity in the United Kingdom may reflect more confident believers who respond to other viewpoints rather than suppressing them.
Such inquiries will be irrelevant to the majority of families. Even though I was paying close attention, I couldn’t discover anything anti-religious in the film, which is primarily an adventure. The storey follows Lyra (Dakota Blue Richards), a young girl who lives in an alternate reality that resembles Victorian England.
She is the niece of Lord Asriel (Daniel Craig), an orphan nurtured by scholars at a university similar to Oxford or Cambridge, who entrusts her with the last remaining Alethiometer, or Golden Compass, a gadget that simply communicates the truth. The truth terrifies the Magisterium because it represents an alternative to their mind control; the film’s conflict is about man’s preservation of free choice.
Lyra’s buddy Roger (Ben Walker) vanishes, one of several recently stolen children, and she hears whispers that the Magisterium has abducted them and brought them to an Arctic retreat. Mrs. Coulter (Nicole Kidman) approaches her at college and offers her a trip to the north aboard one of those fantastical airships that appears to be propelled by steam. And now the real journey begins.
I should explain that everyone in this world has a spirit, or daemon, that is visible, vocal, and follows them about. These spirits are shape changers when they are with youngsters, but they eventually settle into a shape that is suited for an adult as they age. Lyra’s is a chatty little creature that can take the form of a ferret, mouse, fox, cat, or even a moth. When two characters threaten one other, the conflict is led by their daemons.
I recognise that the flow of this assessment may be muddled due to religious issues. Let me just add that “The Golden Compass” is a stunningly beautiful film with thrilling sequences and an engaging heroine in Lyra.
The fact that it is surrounded by controversy obscures its value as a fantastic source of entertainment. That it will not be dull or simplistic for adults. And while I am still perplexed as to how they know what the symbols on the Golden Compass symbolise, it does appear articulate.
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