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Witches, wizards and supernatural beings come to life on the big screen. We have listed the best magic films for you here.
Films abduct the audience into alternative realities and magical worlds. They breathe life into myths and mythical creatures and illustrate our wildest dreams. Whether fantasy films with fire-breathing dragons and brutal battles or with magicians who have to assert themselves in the real world, the selection of magic films is large and varied. We'll give you a brief overview and list our “Top 10” movie tips.
"Harry Potter" series: The classic among the magic films
The most famous sorcerer's apprentice in the world is without a doubt Harry Potter. Daniel Radcliffe portrayed the young wizard in eight parts of the franchise. In his fight against the dark magician Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes), Harry's best friends, the clever witch Hermione Granger (Emma Watson) and the clumsy Ron Weasley (Rupert Grint), are always at his side. The Wizarding World, however, goes far beyond the "Harry Potter" series. The starting shot for five films in a brand new franchise was “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” in 2016. There are also rumors about a remake of the Harry Potter story in the form of a series. With such a large selection, it is of course difficult to make a suitable choice for the next movie night. However, the series is ideal for a film marathon.
"Spirited Away": animation for young and old
During their move, the Ogino family stumbled upon an abandoned amusement park that their parents wanted to explore against their daughter Chihiro's will. The girl's fear is confirmed when the magical world awakens at dusk and Spirited Away's parents are turned into pigs. Trapped in the magical world, the little girl first has to find herself and her own strength again in order to free her parents.
"Spirited Away" from 2001 is the world's most award-winning cartoon. Studio Ghibli legend Hayao Miyazaki, who had previously withdrawn from the film business after his successful anime film "Princess Mononoke" from 1997, took over the direction and script. In 2013 he announced his retirement again, but his probably last film is currently being planned. Myazaki itself can't get enough of its magical worlds either.
"Prestige": rivalry and power struggles on the big stage
Two young magicians learn their craft together and soon rise to become the greatest magicians on England's stages. But the tide turned due to a tragic accident. At the end of the 19th century, Robert Angier (Hugh Jackman) and Alfred Borden (Christian Bale) find themselves in a fierce battle for fame and recognition. The rivalry between the two magicians pushes you and your loved ones to their limits - and that has fatal consequences.
With “Prestige - Masters of Magic” Christopher Nolan has succeeded in creating a gripping historical thriller. The director and screenwriter of the "The Dark Knight" series dramatically stages betrayal, jealousy and the pursuit of reputation and prestige. A must for all ambitious young magicians and magic lovers who want to take a look behind the curtain.
"The Witch": indie horror that gets under your skin
God-fearing William (Ralph Ineson) moves with his wife Katherine (Kate Dickie) and their five children to a small piece of land on the edge of the forest. The Puritan family would like to build an existence with the cultivation of maize and dare a new beginning. But the harvest spoils, the animals become increasingly aggressive and the youngest son overcomes without a trace. At the latest when the eldest daughter Thomasin (Anya Taylor-Joy) is accused of witchcraft, the family realizes that supernatural powers are involved.
"The Witch" is the directorial debut of Robert Eggers ("The Lighthouse") and the acting debut of Anya Taylor-Joy ("Emma"). The latter won one for her performance in the mini-series "The Ladies' Gambit" in 2021 Golden Globe and a Critics' Choice Award. But her star potential was already clearly visible in "The Witch". The film shines not only because of the acting performance of Taylor-Joy. Eggers staged a multi-layered indie horror shocker that the audience will not soon forget.
"The Illusionist": A magician fights for his great love
“The Illusionist” is set in Vienna at the turn of the century, where the magician Eisenheim (Edward Norton) made a name for himself with his seemingly magical illusions. He is so successful with his demonstrations that even Crown Prince Leopold (Rufus Sewell) noticed him. But this is less enthusiastic about the illusionist, because Eisenheim wants to relax his fiancée Duchess Sophie (Jessica Biel) for him.
The film was supposed to be released in German cinemas at the same time as the Nolan film "Prestige", but in the end it was not. In addition to the year of release, the two films have one more thing in common: the magician Ricky Jay worked as a technical advisor for both. "The Illusionist" is a well thought-out thriller with an outstanding cast and a hypnotic atmosphere. An absolute must for "Edward Norton" fans.
“The Witches Club”: Occult meets coming-of-age
Sarah (Robin Tunney) is new to Los Angeles and is taken in by a group of misfits. Nancy (Fairuza Balk), Bonnie (Neve Campbell) and Rochelle (Rachel True) are looking for a fourth person to complete their circle of witches. At first nothing happens during the rituals, but the four friends' spells soon bear fruit. The question now is whether they can control their newfound powers or whether the ghost backfires.
As a mixture of occult thriller and coming-of-age film, “The Witches Club” from 1996 was able to build up a loyal fan base. That even led to a late sequel in 2020 with “Blumhouse's Der Hexenclub” by director Zoe Lister-Jones. Ideal for witches and wizards who like to indulge in 90s nostalgia.
“The Ice Queen”: sisterly love against all odds
The young princess Elsa has magical powers with which she can control and create ice and snow. Since an accident in which her little sister Anna was injured by her magic, the young girl has had to hide her gift - until Elsa sets off into the distance to finally be able to develop freely. But that does not come without consequences: It has created an eternal winter in the kingdom. Anna and her friends go looking for Elsa to finally end it.
Disney landed a big hit with the animated film "Frozen - Totally Unabashed". Not only was the film well received by the audience, the song “Lass es los”, originally sung by Idina Menzel, also won numerous awards. Among other things, the Oscar for the best film song. With “Frozen 2”, the animated film received a sequel six years after its release in 2013 - which, like the first part, managed to enchant young and old.
"Maleficent": Disney's reinterpretation of a villain
“Maleficent - The Dark Fairy” tells the Sleeping Beauty story from the perspective of the evil fairy Malefiz (Angelina Jolie). In terms of style and content, the reinterpretation of Disney is based on the classic cartoon "Sleeping Beauty and the Prince" published in 1959. The story still has some surprises in store for fans of the original. For example, the dark fairy is given a distinct background story. The film has so far been followed by a sequel. In "Maleficent 2: Powers of Darkness" the envious Queen Ingrith (Michelle Pfeiffer) tries to drive a wedge between Aurora (Elle Fanning) and Maleficent. The films show that a multi-faceted story can be hidden behind dark magic. Fans who want to dive deeper into the Disney universe are guaranteed to have fun with this fairytale spin-off.
“The Wizard of Oz”: Magical world in technicolor
Dorothy (Judy Garland) and her dog Toto suddenly find themselves in a magical land above the rainbow. A storm has blown the young farm daughter and her loyal companion to Oz. There they meet all sorts of strange characters who help the two to find their way back home.
The groundbreaking musical "The Wizard of Oz" is considered one of the most important works in film history and has been quoted countless times on film and television. As one of the great American color films, the film is part of the UNESCO World Document Heritage. Whether you want to watch an American classic or just have a nice movie night with the family, “The Wizard of Oz” casts a spell over young and old.
"The Chronicles of Narnia": A Hidden World in the Closet
Since it is no longer safe in the city, the four siblings Peter (William Moseley), Susan (Anna Popplewell), Edmund (Skandar Keynes) and Lucy (Gergie Henley) are sent to the country during the Second World War. By chance they come across a cupboard that opens a portal to the fairytale world of Narnia. There is an eternal winter there and the four team up with the residents of Narnia to free the world from the spell of the White Witch (Tilda Swinton).
In 2005 the fantasy series started with "The Chronicles of Narnia: The King of Narnia". The adaptation of the classic children's book also resulted in two further film adaptations, "The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian of Narnia" and "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Journey of Dawn". Another series of films from Disney that is absolutely worth seeing, especially because of its convincing child actors and a fascinating magical world full of adventures and surprises.
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