As a writer, obviously I’m a huge fan of books. I love that books are able to flush out a plot and the characters better than most movies because they aren’t confined to a certain length. In saying that, I argue that films are just as important as books to the genre, and frankly there is quite a shortage of quality fantasy movies.
The most recent fantasy films we got were The Hobbit Trilogy. Many people are divided over this films. Some complain about the deviations from the books, the 60 frames per second, supposed lack of character development, and the over usage of CGI. I would argue that they are gleaming gems for the fantasy genre. These films are far from perfect, but in the context that films should be judged separately from books they are some of the best fantasy films made recently. No, I do not count the overabundance of Marvel movies, besides they are science fiction not fantasy.
Over all there has been a draught of well-made blockbuster fantasy films, which is rather disappointing. Why is that I wonder? It isn’t like the audience for fantasy movies is too small. I would imagine filmmakers could tap into The Lord of the Rings fan base. Over the last decade science fiction movies, particularly superhero moves, have seen a huge uptick in quantity. Most fantasy films I have seen in recent years have been independent films, which is fine of course, but where are all the major films? Someone might point to Warcraft, and that might be a valid point, but we all know that movies based on videogames are rarely tolerable let alone good. Perhaps Warcraft will prove an exception to the rule, but that is still one move. The fantasy movies that have been released within the last few years have generally been panned. The Seventh Son, The Last Witch Hunter, all of them were pretty mediocre as far as reviewers were concerned.
What can us fantasy fans do about this? Well, maybe not much but we can support the films that are being released and maybe give attention to indie films. Typically, independent films have low budgets and subpar special effects, but I have found more than a few gems. Hopefully since superhero movies have made such an impact on culture, fantasy will not be so over looked in the coming years.