The Best Fantasy Movies Of 2019 That Nobody Is Talking About


Fantasy doesn’t always have to be a billion-dollar
business. When audiences are so inundated with billboards,
trailers, and Comic-Con panels, it’s easy to forget that there’s an entire world of
original and creative cinema out there. Well, we’re here to help with a look at the
best fantasy movies of 2019 that nobody else is talking about. In an updated take on the King Arthur legend,
The Kid Who Would Be King follows a young boy named Alex, who stumbles upon the famed
sword Excalibur and discovers he’s destined to lead a teenage army against the evil sorceress
Morgana and her undead minions. A little like Percy Jackson meets Hellboy,
the film is written and directed by Joe Cornish, the guy responsible for 2011’s Attack the
Block. The Kid Who Would Be King may be a reboot
of sorts, but it’s funny, charming, and engaging for everyone in the family. Plus, it also co-stars Patrick Stewart as
old Merlin, and how awesome is that? The premise of The Head Hunter is simple:
a man who hunts monsters and takes their heads as trophies sets out to kill the one that
took his daughter’s life. The Head Hunter has all the typical elements
required of a fantasy film – there’s a great quest on horseback in medieval armor, plenty
of orc-like monsters, and some great visuals. But it also packs a serious horror wallop
as well. Hold on to your halberd, because this hunter
takes no prisoners. Half-horror, half-fantasy, The Changeover
tells the story of Laura Chant, a young woman trying to save her four-year-old brother from
an evil spirit in the guise of a friendly neighborhood man. Of course, since that man is played by the
great Timothy Spall, best known as Wormtail in the Harry Potter films, you know he’s not
nearly as friendly as he seems. A coming of age tale with dark witchy overtones,
The Changeover is creepy in all the best ways. “I can smell your fear.” Director Danny Boyle’s Yesterday takes place
in an alternate reality, where after a global blackout, a struggling musician named Jack
wakes up to discover that The Beatles never existed. He still knows their whole songbook by heart,
but no one else remembers a single tune. His immediate course of action? Make their music his own. Yesterday is something of a departure for
Boyle – it’s a little more polished than the rest of his often-gritty filmography, with
a situation that isn’t quite so dire as, say, Trainspotting. But it’s a charming change of pace, and one
thing is for sure: the film has a killer soundtrack. Aniara tells the story of a group of passengers
aboard a giant spaceship on a three-week voyage from Earth to Mars. After colliding with space debris, it’s knocked
off course, and hope for reaching its destination dwindles. Based on Harry Martinson’s science fiction
poem from 1956, Aniara’s main focus is less on humanity’s survival, and more on humanity’s
ability to destroy everything around it. The film’s co-writer/director, Pella Kågerman,
told Inverse, “I believe that this is actually what the
Apocalypse looks like. We are risking Earth to become uninhabitable
for us and lots of other species.” Fast Color is not your typical superhero film
– it’s a family drama that’s focused on women of color. Gugu Mbatha-Raw plays Ruth, a woman who has
spent much of her life running from her abilities. “Our abilities can’t fix things. If something is broken, it stays broken.” Now she must try to fix the most important
thing – her relationship with her mother and daughter. Mbatha-Raw told Slash Film, “It takes the layers of what it means to be
a woman and doesn’t simplify any of that. I thought it was really grounded and I responded
to this authenticity of the world; it’s a recognizable world – no one is wearing a cape
or a suit.” There have been plenty of films that have
explored the relationship between human and machine throughout the years. But none quite like I Am Mother. Clara Rugaard plays a girl who has spent her
entire life in the care of a robot name Mother, which was designed to help repopulate the
Earth after a war has wiped out humanity. Unexpectedly, she comes into contact with
an outsider who claims to know sinister secrets about both the war and Mother. The film’s director, Grant Sputore, told Bloody
Disgusting “If you were examining the DNA of this film,
I think you’d find strands of Alien, Terminator, and Moon, for sure. Some of that is conscious, some of it isn’t.” Like Aniara and I Am Mother, High Life is
an exploration of a post-Earth era and the people tasked with surviving it. It centers on Monte and his infant daughter,
the only two left aboard a prison ship once used to conduct human reproduction experiments. Yes, reproduction experiments. High Life co-writer and director, Claire Denis,
told The Playlist that the erotic thriller is as much about, quote, “horny people” as
it is about prison, saying, “Sexuality, when we’re in prison, is an immensely
important thing.” Starfish takes the end of the world and sets
it to music. Aubrey Parker is left alone, in her dead best
friend’s apartment, with nothing but a mix tape that might save her. Part horror, part science fiction/fantasy,
and part drama, Starfish’s many elements come together to create something truly beautiful
and wholly unexpected. Oh, and Starfish writer and director A.T. White is donating 100% of his profits from
the film to cancer research, giving you yet another great reason to check it out. Check out one of our newest videos right here! Plus, even more Looper videos about your favorite
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68 thoughts on “The Best Fantasy Movies Of 2019 That Nobody Is Talking About

  1. I love fantasy and sci-fi so much lately I’ve really gotten into it the past few years can’t wait for some new content

  2. Looper😯 What happened?
    No Engame video since last few hours?😯😯
    Are you okk?😷😙🙊

  3. If you only watch at least one of these you have to watch I am mother it is amazing!!!

  4. The kid who would be king, fast color, and I am mother are some of my favorite movies of the year.
    High life, on the other hand, I can’t say such nice things about, just not my cup of tea.

  5. @ 4:50 donate 100% of profits to cancer!!?? either must be a low money making movie or its just a blatant lie there's already numerous cures for cancer 'they! just don't want you to know so dip shits like this guy would donate way over a penny (not even worth a cent to cancer 🇬🇺👊🏾

  6. I got Fast Color on Blu-Ray a few weeks ago and it's amazing. It had three African-American female leads, but not once was race or gender made the focus of the film. Still need to check out I Am Mother.

  7. FANTASY it says in the title and you have freaking SciFI movies in a FANTASY list… sci fi and fantasy are opposites!!

  8. Thanks looper I love this. I live way out in the middle of nowhere in Australia and its hard to keep up with all the good stuff.

  9. Ive never seen The kid who would be king but it made me disappointed that it wasn't connected to the British show marlin.

  10. No ones talks about these movies because they are not remakes or sequels of already established franchises. Originality doesn't sell.

  11. First of all, Kid Who Would Be King did something Legend of the Sword failed at completely; it felt like a true King Arthur story. Sure, it was set within the 21st Century but KWWBK actually used several elements from Arthurian lore.

    There was no shaky cam, no grunge rock soundtrack and what they did with Merlin's character was totally believable. Alas, because of the EXTREMELY poor performance of the latter film and the fact only a few people (like me) actually went to see Kid Who Would Be King in theaters. It feels like no one will make a true blue King Arthur film again…which is both a good and bad thing.

    It's a bad thing because King Arthur is a great character that modern audiences should get to know about. But it would end up becoming terrible because of how Hollywood today doesn't want to tell a straight-forward version of the story.

    Nope; they've gotta add multi-racial cast for the wrong role (ex. Jamie Foxx really brought the "little" in his version of Little John…namely because of how short he is, compared to how he was in the story.) They've gotta have references of modern warfare in a MEDIEVAL SETTING, they've gotta put grunge music in the sountrack instead of orchestral symphonies (I'm talking John Williams, Howard Shore, Basil Poldouris or even Danny Elfman style symphonies.) They've gotta make the lead into a complete moron or make the side characters appear more capable.

    But even worse, they try to make their movies as flashy as MCU movies.

    Newsflash, Hollywood; before Avengers came around, Lord of the Rings and Avatar were the big dogs on campus. They didn't need explosions or flashy CG to be awesome, they had great casts, the soundtracks were timeless and the battles were epic (something Guy Ritchie clearly doesn't understand.)

    Second, I've never heard of The Headhunter until now…but it looks like a good movie to check out; same with The Changeover.

    Third, I saw Yesterday in theaters and had a wonderful time. I especially loved Robert Carlyle's performance as John Lennon. It was so nice to see him acting again, after Once Upon A Time ended.

    Fourth, Aniara feels more like a sci-fi movie than a fantasy one. In which case, I will happily ignore it; all that space and techno jargon never appealed to me. Which is why Star Wars (save for Revenge of the Sith and a few animated incarnations, like the one made by Genndy Tartatovsky) or Star Trek never appealed to me.

    Fifth, ANOTHER superhero movie…really; I'm so done with that garbage.

    Sixth, when I saw the trailer for it; I thought I Am Mother would be a cool movie. But then the reviews got out and I immediately chose not to see it

  12. Your right nobody’s talking about these because I haven’t heard or seen any trailers of any of these movies.

  13. Saw the kid who would be king in theatres with my daughter's it was really good

  14. No one is talking about these movies because they are not that great. I've seen half of these and they are boring.

  15. Nothing but post-apocalyptic movies about doom on earth, technology, and the human spirit full of love, hope, and salvation despite the odds. All of this equals one big = BORING!

  16. Your plot points on the film “yesterday”, are wrong. Part of the charm of the film is that he DOESN’T know all the Beatles songs by heart. Did you even watch it?

  17. seen yesterday… what a waste of film, i am mother wasnt much better, might give starfish a shot but im not holding my breath on it, everything else on this list just looked like boring useless drama

  18. Reboots are still reboots. I prefer my classic 40s "Sword in the Stone". You got half these right, but … couple of these are garbage.

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