It’s wonderful to see the depiction of fairies in movies which show them to be mystical, magical and mischievous creatures. While fairies have been popularized in Disney films over the years in films like Sleeping Beauty, Fantasia and Peter Pan, there are others out there that are also enchanting. Some of my favorite film with fairies draw a beautiful and unexpected portrait of these amazing beings. Here are my top five:
FairyTale: A True Story (1997)
This is an enchanting live action film based on factual accounts. It takes place during World War I and is about two English girls who are able to take pictures of fairies… or claim to. These images cause shockwaves throughout the UK. which certainly causes quite a stir throughout England including garnering the attention of celebrities like Harry Houdini and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1999)
Based on the beloved play by William Shakespeare, the story “portrays the events surrounding the marriage of the Duke of Athens, Theseus, and the Queen of the Amazons, Hippolyta. These include the adventures of four young Athenian lovers and a group of amateur actors, who are manipulated by the fairies who inhabit the forest in which most of the play is set. The play is one of Shakespeare’s most popular works for the stage and is widely performed across the world.” (Wikipedia)
Finding Neverland (2004)
Starring Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet, this is a charming film about J.M. Barrie, author of Peter Pan and his friendship with a widow and her children. Inspired by this family, he writes the play, Peter Pan, and unlocks a magical reality that helps the children cope with the tragedies in their lives. The fairies may be fictional, but they come to life in a way that is magical realism at its best.
Pan’s Labyrinth (2006)
This is a dark gothic fairy tale set against the postwar repression of Franco’s Spain. The fairies in this story are wise, mischievous and ever-present an follow a girl named Ofelia as she tries to fit into a new life with a sinister, power-hungry stepfather. Be warned: This fairy tale is for grown-ups only. It is intense, a little scary and extremely beautiful. Rated R.
The Secret of Kells (2009)
Follow 12-year-old Brendan as he battles Vikings and confronts an ancient serpent god on a mission to locate a legendary crystal and complete the mythical Book of Kells. Accompanying him on his dangerous mission is Aisling, a half-wolf/half-human fairy whose powers will help to guide Brendan through this enchanting yet dangerous new world.
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