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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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