I am not one for romance...if you know me, that's not a shock. That being said, I do enjoy a good fantasy epic movie with a little romance thrown in. There are several examples of this - Princess Bride being the most well known and probably in the top 10 of greatest all-time movies. Slightly less well known is the movie "Legend", which you may have never heard of. It's from 1985 and directed by the amazing Ridley Scott. It stars an up and coming actor (at least at that time) named Tom Cruise. He plays a young man who must stop the Lord of Darkness from both destroying daylight and marrying the woman he loves (Mia Sara).
There's fairies! and dwarves! and unicorns! But you're not allowed to touch the unicorns! There's just all kinds of crazy magical beings. The most impressive is Tim Curry's lord of darkness - and those horns. I'm not even sure I can describe them. It's worth checking out. I'm not sure the movie is all that good - but it's certainly entertaining. And those horns! Plus, you know, unicorn - but it's not as cool as the unicorn in Cabin in the Woods.
Ladyhawke, made that same year, stars Rutger Hauer, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Matthew Broderick (this was released prior to Ferris Bueller). It is, in my opinion, second only to the Princess Bride in terms of amazing fantasy epic romances.
The story is simple, the characters clear, and the movie is really well shot. Why? It's directed by Richard Donner. Donner did a lot of directing on many old 70s action TV shows, but that's not why you know him. You know him from 1978's Superman, followed by 1980's Superman II, which were shot mostly simultaneously. He also directed the Goonies, Lethal Weapon (1,2, 3, and 4 ), and Scrooged (one of my favorite Bill Murray movies) just to name a few. Tivia nonsense alert: he actually had been up to direct the 1989 Batman, and wanted to cast Mel Gibson as Batman - thank goodness for Tim Burton. There's a sentence I never thought I would say. Watch this and imagine Mel Gibson. yikes.
If you haven't seen it, or haven't seen it in a long time, Netflix it now. You'll be pleased.
9 out of 10.
Bonus video 1. The greatest fantasy/romance/comedy of all time - and one of the greatest movies of all time: the endlessly quotable Princess Bride. "Anybody want a peanut?"
Bonus Video 3: The only recent (2007) fantasy epic that I have seen that is really really good: Matthew Vaughn's Stardust - also with Michelle Pfeiffer...if you haven't seen this - Netflix it now...