Category Archives: Fantasy

50. Lord of the Rings: Return of the King

In the conclusion to the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Frodo and Sam approach Mount Doom to destroy the ring whilst Gandalf et al try to fight off Sauron’s army.

What Tierna thinks: “I’ll be honest, I celebrated when ‘The End’ came up on the screen. I just couldn’t relate to this film in any way and therefore found it very hard to enjoy it. The cinematography is excellent in parts and I can appreciate the craftsmanship and attention to detail that went into it. When it comes down to it though… sorry folks,  this one isn’t for me.  I’ll give it a four out of ten.”

What Tom thinks: “Tierna has just said ‘I love Grease’ which is on TV at the moment and probably gives a good idea of why she doesn’t like LOTR!  I’ve seen all three films in the cinema, which is really the best way to watch them, although I have to admit I’m not a big fan of fantasy films.  On the plus side, the effects are great, the battles are epic and it looks fantastic.  However, it’s bloody long and the final half hour is quite unnecessary.  On the basis of how much I like this I’d give it a seven, but just to annoy Tierna I’ll give it an eight out of ten.”

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74. Pan’s Labyrinth

74. Pan's Labyrinth

Set in the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War, the step-daughter of a sadistic army general escapes into a fantasy world as fighting goes on around her.

What Tom thinks: “Pan’s Labyrinth is a film unlike any other I’ve ever seen.  Part brutal war movie, part fantasy, it looks fantastic and has some of the most eerie looking creatures you’ll ever see.  Plus possibly the most evil villain ever!  While its certainly a violent film, the story of the girl is both touching and sad.  This is easily the best movie we’ve seen so far on the list, and probably one of the best movies of the past decade, so its well worth at least the nine im going to give it.”

What Tierna thinks: “This film was simultaneously poignant and brutal. During parts of the film I was glad I could speak Spanish as my eyes were covered through the gory parts. It’s uncharacteristic of me to recommend a film with anything brutal in it, however this is an excellent film and I’m glad I’ve seen it. The harsh reality of the ‘mortal world’ and the magic of the underworld interlinks perfectly to create a wonderful story. I’ll also give this a nine out of ten”