Fantasy-based films are very appreciated by some of the public audience. The themes of fantasy-based films are considered as very interesting for a large number of public, if we are looking at the audience of certain science fiction movies.
Themes of fantasy-based films
There are many themes that are met very often in fantasy-based films. Most of these themes are closely related to reality, but of course that they are exaggerated. Besides of the exaggeration, there are many themes that are trying to induce some elements of the pseudo-science and occult practices or mysticism. Aliens’ invasion is one theme that is very often seen in the fantasy-based films. Other themes that are frequently the subject of science fiction movies include biotechnology, mind control, monster invasion, Earth destruction as consequences of different natural disasters such as an asteroid impact, severe climate change or global pandemics, and supernatural powers. Many of these themes are introducing negative characters and roles for bad heroes. Due to this fantasy-based films’ directors had tried to introduce also positive superheroes that could save the Earth and human race for extinction.
The fantasy films and their success in the film industry
The film industry is a hard scene where every director and actor tries to impress and gain publicity. Based on public appreciation and demand movies enrich actors and film’s directors. Fantasy films are not an exception. There are awards that are specific for fantasy film in the movies industry. The most important award is the “Saturn Award” and during the years it was won by a large number of science fiction films such as “The Golden Voyage of Sinbad” (1973), “Somewhere in Time” (1980), “The Boy Who Could Fly” (1986), “The Nightmare before Christmas” (1993), “Dragonheart” (1996), “Frequency” (2000) and more recently movies like “Batman Begins” (2005), “Alice in Wonderland” (2010), “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” (2014) and “Cinderella” (2015).
The role of computer techniques in the film industry
In the past, the fantasy films were lacking in special effects due to the limitation of cinematographic techniques that were available in those times. But recently the computer techniques are a real golden mine for fantasy movies. Using computer in the film industry, and especially in the fantasy genre, is extremely important for public appreciation. The last fantasy films gained the public audience and these recent science fiction movies are more appreciated and viewed. For example, movies such as “The Lord of the Rings”, “Harry Poter” or “Pirates of the Caribbean”, which are fantasy movies series, are extremely well received by the public and critics. These recent science fiction movies had a great commercial success, but also, a financial success.
Even if at the beginnings fantasy-based movies were less appreciated due to their quality, nowadays we may observe a growing of the interest of the general public and critics in this genre of the film industry. Larger budgets for fantasy films and high technology that is used in filming are two reasons for this interest growing.