And another thing? Will winter ever end? I feel like I'm going crazy for want of a little warmth. I can't really remember what it's like to walk out of the house with a t-shirt on. My legs have gone this frighteningly pale color that reminds me of corpses. That is... when I actually see my legs which amounts to maybe once a day. I suppose I shouldn't complain too much because I've only had one snow day. The February snows are lurking, prepared to laugh an evil laugh and mess with me. Just like last year.
Anyway, back to TFF. Today we're talking about five fantasy movies that shaped the way I write. In no particular order. And go!
Alice in Wonderland (2010)- I assumed I would hate this movie because the previews for it looked insane. It's the Chessy cat. That cat is just C-R-E-E-P-Y. Also, I could do without Tweedle Dumb and Tweedle Dee. They annoy the snot out of me. Johnny Depp won me over though. Maybe I'm imagining things, but when the Mad Hatter looks at Alice, you can see how much he loves her. Only the end bothered me because all the characters reflected another character she knew in her "real life". I think she should know the Mad Hatter there too. I really love how this girl who leads a plain life where she's expected to do one thing is thrown into another life and she has to take up the mantle of a hero in order to save Underland.
The Postman (1997) - Largely hated by audiences everywhere and known as another one of Kevin Costner's long, post-apocalyptic movies, it didn't get very good reviews. But you know what? I freakin' love this movie. It's long all right, but the hero's journey in this one is amazing. The Postman goes from a Shakespeare-spouting wiener to a man who has to bring down a tyrant. From a man with nobody and nothing to a much-loved hero and father. Who says one person can't make a difference in the world? FYI, hated the book this movie is based on. It had something to do with some super-computer, although it's been so long since I read it, I can't really remember it.
Van Helsing (2004) - This is another one of those movies that didn't do terribly well in the box office despite a decent cast. Somehow I thought we'd see a sequel, but it wasn't meant to be. What I liked about it is the subtle steampunk inventions used to capture beloved literary characters. I'll admit, going into this, I didn't know who Van Helsing was. You kind of have to feel bad for the guy, because pretty much everything he touches turns to poo. Get attacked by homicidal monsters? Well, now you have a hole in your hat. Think a girl is hot? Oops, too bad, she's dead. Forced to live forever? So sorry, you're going to bend to the will of the Church, which keeps us safe from monsters. Sucks to be you.
Pirates of the Carribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl (2003) - Johnny Depp aside, what drew me to this movie was not pirates (in fact, I used to loathe pirates), but in fact the ghost story aspect. I heart me some good ghost story. Cursed treasure, angry pirates, damsel in distress, I can go for that every time. With those details in mind, it was that anything, absolutely anything (I'm really pushing the use of italics today, huh?) could happen in this pirate-y universe. Looking at all the sequels as well, it was fantastic and insane all at the same time. These are the perfect movies to take you out of the real world for a while.
The Warrior's Way (2010) - Honestly, for the most part, I already had The Treasure Hunter's Lady written by the time I saw this movie. So it wasn't really an influence on that writing, though it followed some of the same themes as I wanted for THL. Western-y, full of odd characters and a hero who will fight to the death for something he believes (but all the best books and movies are crammed full of these things). I like this one because the heroine, Lynne, played by Kate Bosworth, reminded me of Romy. Stubborn, dead-set on her goal, but feminine at the same time. I kind of hated the end because I'm a romantic, but it was traditional in the western movie way. It has a wonderful cast as well.
So those are the five that I can watch over and over and draw inspiration from. Each of them, if you'll notice, has a bit of a love story in it. It might not be the traditional man and woman fall in love kind of romance, but they all have heroes and heroines ready to make sacrifices and face down big nasties to make the world better. I supposed I should've thrown The Princess Bride in there as well. Ah, you know it's one of my faves.
Now tell me about your favorite fantasy movies.