The list author says: "There aren't all that many good fantasy films out there. To define things properly high fantasy is one where there are events happening on a wide scale in a fantasy setting, generally in a secondary world (ie: not Earth) or one hidden away on Earth. I am well aware that some of these choices are rather iffy, particularly Pan's Labyrinth and Conan the Barbarian. That latter in particular is more of a sword-and-sorcerer movie. But since what I really want to capture on here is worlds existing outside our own with well-developed settings I have to include Conan. On the other hand, since they take place in what is a heightened version of our own reality I felt I had to exclude films like Charlie and teh Chocolate Factory and Edward Scissorhands. Films like Excalibur and Prince of Persia I include on there since the world they exist in is far enough from ours to count as a fantasy creation.
Almost all these films are recent. There are very few good fantasy films from before LOTR. 20/34 are modern, and many of the remaining 14 are pretty low on my list. The '80s particularly was a cesspit of bad fantasy films. From Hawk the Slayer to the Sword and the Sorcerer it seemed like anyone with a small amount of money and no shame could put one out there. I don't know if this is due to graphical limitations or cultural ones, but LOTR really opened up the world in terms of what can be done in a fantasy context."
"There are so many cliches associated with this film and all that copied it that it's rather surprising to find that most of them came from the knock-offs rather than the original. Watching it again I found that it is one of the most inventive and immersive fantasy worlds out there. Too bad they squandered its potential with sequels and copies."
"More of a superhero movie than a fantasy one it does contain a separate fantasy kingdom based on Norse mythology. So it's going on this list. Good fun and introduces Loki, the wonderful villain of the Avengers."
"I was never a big fan of the Potter films. I feel they believed they had to include every single thing in the books to please the legions of fans and this made them somewhat lifeless. But they are still good movies."
"A big letdown from the first one. It has some good bits, but tried to hard to give a character arc to Peter by making him get in a rivalry with Caspian. Which basically means that Peter is a cocky douche who gets his men killed. He learns his lesson (of course) but by then we don't care."
"They made a lot of mistakes in this film, not least of which was rotoscoping their actors whenever possible. Despite being billed as LOTR it ends partway through the Two Towers. They made another animated one called ROTK, but it's so bad it's not even on the list."
"Better than the first one, but not by enough. This film just couldn't get over the conceptual failure that was the first film. Plusses: the gods have actual personalities, Perseus isn't a whiner, they got rid of Io, this one actually has Titans."
"Kind of funny, but all to brief and often flat. Tim Robbins is great as the titular Erik, but the really great performance is John Cleese as Halfdan the Black, a viking whose method of dealing with problems is delightfully businesslike."
"Young farmboy teams up with older mentor figure after family killed by an evil empire. He then goes off to learn the ways of magic, hooking up with a scoundrel with a heart of gold in order to join a rebel alliance, but is pursued by an evil wizard working for the emperor. Nope. Never heard that one before."
"Conceptual fail. The plot is boring, Perseus an inconsistent whiner who ends up taking help from the gods despite whining about how he would do this as a man, the gods look terrible (sparkly renaissance plate armor? Really?), and the action infrequent. Still better than Immortals, which I can't even bring myself to put on this list."
"The first half is even better than Arnold's one. But then it burns any goodwill you may have towards it with a wretched second half that is painful to sit through. I just wish they could make a sequel from this because Jason Momoa is excellent as Conan, and seems to get what made the books great."