1. The Golden Compass
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HBO’s adaptation of Philip Pullman’s novels isn’t the first time they’ve been adapted for the screen. To be expected, The Golden Compass features Daniel Craig and Nicole Kidman, as well as being an adaptation of the first book in the trilogy.
But just because it wasn’t a huge hit doesn’t mean that this movie isn’t beautiful and close to capturing the magic and power of Pullman’s imagination.
2. The Chronicles Of Narnia
It’s hard to think of a film that contrasts more sharply with His Dark Materials than this one, especially given their divergent views on religion.
To be sure, both movies and series feature children who become embroiled in a larger conflict that they were unaware of before entering a different world, in this case, the ice-bound land of Narnia. This is true for both the movies and the series.
3. Harry Potter
There isn’t a series that has had more of an impact on culture than Harry Potter. The boy wizard who took on the most powerful and evil wizard of his time has captivated readers and moviegoers alike since the first book and movie were released, and he continues to do so today.
No matter how long it’s been since the last book in the series was published, Harry Potter is still a powerful force, and it will be for a long time to come.
4. The Lord Of The Rings
The Lord of the Rings is the only franchise that comes close to matching Harry Potter in terms of popularity and commercial success. Peter Jackson’s film adaptations were a huge financial and critical success, helping to establish the fantasy genre as credible.
Whatever their flaws, the films manage to capture some of the operatic grandeur and majesty of Tolkien’s original works while also showing the beauty of the fantastical world, as in His Dark Materials. This helps to some extent.
In terms of fantasy films, the decade of the 2000s was a bit of a golden one, and quite a few of them slipped under the radar. For example, Stardust is still not getting the attention it deserves from sci-fi fans even today.
However, this shouldn’t take away from the fact that it’s a charming and enchanting film for fans of the HBO series’ magical aspects.
6. Percy Jackson And The Olympians
That young people can discover that they aren’t the normal, ordinary people that society has made them out to be has an allure that is hard to resist.
Percy Jackson, the young man who is the son of the Greek god Zeus, is a good example of this. It’s a good time, and it’s nice to see Greek mythology adapted for a modern-day story.
7. Bridge To Terabithia
Fantasy has the ability to capture the viewer’s imagination and open their eyes to possibilities that they might not otherwise see. That applies equally to the movie’s characters and the people watching them on the big screen as it does to the people in the theater.
This film is absolutely charming because of the beauty and whimsy it possesses. The movie has a spell-binding start, and it’s an excellent adaptation of the book it’s based on.
8. A Wrinkle In Time
This film adaptation of the hugely popular and long-lastingly successful novel was, regrettably, a box office flop. Because there is so much to like about it, it’s a crying shame. It’s a stunning film to watch, and it’s heartening to see one that places such an emphasis on gender diversity and young women’s empowerment.
It helps that it was directed by none other than Ava DuVernay, one of Hollywood’s most respected directors today.
9. Pete’s Dragon
Many people thought it was strange that Disney chose to remake a movie from the 1970s that wasn’t as well-known, but they made it work. This film has all the hallmarks of a Disney production, including a story that’s sweet and endearing without being saccharine.
To make matters even better, there’s some stunning animation and endearing characters (like the titular dragon) throughout.
10.The Secret Garden
There was a certain type of kid’s movie that was popular in the 1990s that appealed to both children and the parents who had to take them to the theater.
When a young girl moves in with her uncle and discovers the titular garden, her entire outlook on life changes. This is the story of the young girl who discovers the garden. Beautiful and heartwarming, with tinges of melancholy, this film. To top it all off, Maggie Smith is also a part of the ensemble. It’s a perfect film in every way, to summarize.