Fantasy tends to be a genre which is still seen as relatively niche, but the past ten years or so have actually resulted in it losing many of the negative stereotypes which the majority might associate with it as a result of Dungeons & Dragons and the like.
Some financial and critical hits, along with must-watch TV shows like Game of Thrones, have gone a long way in doing away with such connotations, and there have been many notable fantasy film during the 21st Century which will undoubtedly go down as all-time classics, despite the damage that the likes of Clash of the Titans and Conan have done!
Here, on the day The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug hits Blu-ray and DVD, we count down just six of the best. As usual, we’re sure you all have your own opinions on these selections and your own, so be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comment section below.
6. Pan’s Labyrinth
Before he tackled giant robots in the divisive Pacific Rim, Guillermo del Toro very much focused on the fantasy genre, perhaps explaining why he came so close to directing The Hobbit for Warner Bros. One of his best efforts was undoubtedly this very grown-up fairytale, and despite the fact that its lead character was a little girl (an extremely impressive outing from the young Ivana Baquero), the movie never shied away from visiting some very dark places.
In terms of tone, Pan’s Labyrinth is often a very grim tale, especially thanks to the creatures the girl encounters in a dream world where she must complete a series of tasks by the large faun-like creature the movie is named after. Meanwhile, the likes of The Faceless Man will stick with you long after the credit roll. However, despite the dark tone, Pan’s Labyrinth is a very emotional journey which is ultimately extremely satisfying to watch. This is Alice in Wonderland for grown-ups, and a truly memorable and superb adventure for viewers of almost all-ages.