Alina Edwards, Wellesley College
The fantasy romance film, from the director of the ‘Mad Max’ movie franchise, promises enchanting visuals but suffers from a shaky, poorly structured plot.
Anna Hupp, University of Wyoming
David Lowery’s film provides what audiences came for — mesmerizing visuals strung together with details that create a fantastical yet dreary world — and more.
Elliot Jackson-Ontkush, Skidmore College
The franchise, which has now existed for more than 40 years, has elements of both genres. However, its tone and themes place it more firmly in the more magical of the two.
Emma Watts, University of Arizona
Chase Cutarelli, Columbia University
So-called ‘portal fantasy’ reveals the awe, fear and transformative power of traveling to another world — one that might be appealing in our present dystopia.
Sierra Zareck, Haverford College
Rife with magic, nuance and creativity, fantasy gets to completely reimagine what’s possible.
Daniel DeAngelo, University of Tampa
The $60 million adaptation of the Steven King series is all kinds of mediocre.
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