Steampunk Cinema Recommendations

Yesterday’s steampunk personality quiz had an overwhelming show of Swashbuckling Airship Pirates.  Out of almost 200 people taking it, 32% wanted to navigate the skies with their clockwork parrot.

As such, I thought I’d tailor today’s recommendations to your various personalities.

(P.S. If you haven’t taken the steampunk personality quiz, then you should! It’s fun!)

So for all you Swashbuckling Airship Pirates, I present Stardust.  A naive hero must leave his home and enter the magical world nearby to retrieve a star for his true love.  But, er…it’s problematic when the star turns out to be a human girl and a nasty witch is out to get her too. Honestly, Stardust is one of my All Time Favorite Movies.  I it so much, and I really think you will too!

Now, for our Inventive (and slightly befuddled) Tinkerers out there, I present Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events. Three daring orphans in an alternate Victorian setting have to battle their wicked (and face-changing) guardian to protect themselves and their ample inheritance. This film has lots of resourceful inventing plus lots of action and a rocking steampunk theme song.

For my Downright Bonkers Scientists, I recommend a modern take on steampunk: Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog. Dr. Horrbile is in lurve, his nemesis is foiling his every evil move, and he just wants to get accepted into the Evil League of Evil.  Did I mention this a musical?  ‘Cause it is, and it’s AMAZING.

For my Perfectly Polished Aristocrats, I direct you to the romantic and whimsical film The Illusionist.  More Victoriana than steampunk, this movie spins the tale of a magician and his forbidden love with the Austro-Hungarian Emperor’s fiance.  I love this movie–like LOVELOVELOVE it.

And for my No-Nonsense Tough-as-Nails Officers out there, I suggest another modern steampunk (okay, so it’s more “dieselpunk“) tale: Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow.  Evil scientists bent on world destruction stand no chance against Sky Captain (played by Jude Law–swoon!) and spunky Polly Perkins (Gwyneth Paltrow–she’s 100% awesome).

Finally, something that will appeal to everyone: The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.  With gadgets, adventure, and well-known Victorian characters galore (from Dorian Gray to Captain Nemo), this movie is as steampunk and gaslamp fantasy as it gets.  It’s my go-to example when people don’t understand the definition of steampunk.  Plus, it has Sean Connery in it, and that pretty much makes it an automatic WIN.

Some other steampunk/Victoriana/gaslamp movies you might enjoy:

You tell me: Have you seen any of these films? Did you love/hate them?  And do you have any steampunk/Victoriana/gaslamp movies you recommend?

DON’T FORGET to check out my Leviathan giveaway and my A Great and Terrible Beauty giveaway (which are both still running and open internationally).