The Most Exciting Fantasy Movies of 2022, Ranked – MovieWeb

The genre of fantasy, mostly coming from book adaptations, has a majorly growing fan-base. Here are the most exciting additions from 2022, so far.
Fantasy movies have come a long way since the development and perfection of special effects with CGI. The movies that perfectly displayed the potential of what fantasy movies should be like, was the Harry Potter series, that a whole generation grew up watching. More than that, not only the younger generation of the time, but many other people of all ages also enjoyed the movies because their fantasy element was boosted by the special effects. Since that era, the genre of fantasy, mostly coming from book adaptations, has had a majorly growing fan-base. Franchises like The Hunger Games, Divergent, and The Maze Runner brought in a new element of dystopian storylines, heavily aided with CGI to pull off extremely Intriguing plots.
Every year there are hundreds of sci-fi fantasy movies that have been produced with other genres mixed with them, and have taken over the screens in their respective years. The Marvel franchise is responsible for producing most of these movies with elements of multiverses, superheroes, and a lot of action, and they have been loved internationally. This year, we see new movies from the genre that is generally loved. Joey King finally moved on from her girl next door movies to do The Princess, leaving the entire world shocked with her magical periodic movie, and growing acting skills. Marvel has made a comeback with Doctor Strange in the Multiverse Madness and Spider-Man: No Way Home. To navigate through screens filled with multiverses, magic, and fantastical worlds, let’s look at the most exciting fantasy movies of 2022.
Directed by Sean McNamara, The King’s Daughter was this year’s first action-adventure fantasy film that was released in January. The movie follows the story of King Louis XIV (Pierce Brosnan) who, in order to achieve immortality steals a mermaid’s life force. Events after that become complicated when the King’s illegitimate daughter Marie-Joseph (Kara Scodelario) discovers the mermaid. This fantasy movie, though not so strong with its plot and script, had some of the most visually pleasing special effects that kept the viewers engaged till the end. The scenarios used in the movie of the kingdom and the coastline really compliment the periodic fantasy look of the movie. Additionally, the perfect usage of lighting in shots and the special effects of the mermaid and Marie-Joseph’s interactions kept the excitement in the movie.
Released at the cusp of 2022, Memoria is the great Thai director Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s first English movie starring Tilda Swinton, Agnes Brekke, and Daniel Gimenez Cacho. It follows the story of a strange Scottish woman, exploring the forests of Colombia thinking about the appearance of weird noises she has started to hear. Memoria requires a lot of patience from the viewers because of its slow nature but comes with an extremely beautiful storyline and cinematography. For many viewers, Memoria seems like reading an extremely long soothing poem; however, remaining confused about the message it delivered. The many shots of the movie are extremely long and quiet; the cinematography is excellent, giving the viewers new camera angles even in those shots to keep them engaged.
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Starring Joey King, Olga Kurylenko, and Antoni Davidov, The Princess is the comedy-fantasy movie that reminded many of the cult classic Shrek. Directed by Le-Van Kiet, the plot follows a strong-willed princess who refuses to marry a psychopath and has to fight to save her kingdom. Even though the plot has been repetitively done before this, it still gathered a lot of attention. The comedic yet extremely bloody delivery of most action scenes in the film adds a level of excitement and keeps the audience hooked on the screen. The most appreciated factor of the movie by many is that the princess is not shown as a damsel in distress. She reflects confidence, charisma, and the ability to beat up anyone in her way
Directed by Sam Raimi, who also directed Marvel's first Spider-Man trilogy, brings more Marvel greatness to the fans by showing the adventures of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse. The plot shows Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) facing a mysterious enemy in the transcendent and confusing multiverse dimensions. This mind-blowing experience is what a lot of Marvel fans were desperately waiting for, and the movie did not disappoint. It was up to Marvel standards, with some of the most exhilarating special effects. Many distorted reality scenes around Doctor Strange kept all fans at the edge of their seats. Additionally, many were extremely happy seeing Wanda, the Scarlet Witch, being included in the movie, too. Doctor Strange Multiverse of Madness also built the story for the next Doctor Strange installment that fans just cannot wait for.
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Directed by Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, Everything Everywhere All at Once stars the legendary Michelle Yeoh, Stephanie Hsu, and Ke Huy Quan. It follows the unusual story of an immigrant Chinese woman getting swept up in a twisting adventure and can only save the world by exploring other dimensions. By many fans and viewers, this movie is regarded as the best movie of 2022. Besides its comedic and action aspects, the movie also delivers the most heartfelt emotions through the concept of multiverse. It shows how many things and difficulties in people’s lives can be solved with just kindness. All comedic scenes are such that they will make viewers fall from their couches, but at the same time it also induced tears and shock. The hyperactivity of the movie while showing the multiverse is so chaotically perfect that it keeps viewers glued to the screen. One thing to be careful of is the photo sensitivity of the movie. Viewers with ADHD and hypersensitivity would be advised not to watch it because of the visual triggers.
Fatima is an author, seamstress and English major who is enthusiastic about films, comics and cosplay. She also has an avid love for writing and writes about the latest entertainment news and trends on Movieweb.


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