Star Wars

Best Adventure Movies

I have, what I’m finding to be, a very strict definition of adventure movies. It follows the Wikipedia definition pretty closely, but apparently, that is not the definition other people seem to use; at least people that write lists and post them on the internet.

Wikipedia’s definition of an adventure movie:

Adventure films are a genre of film whose plots feature elements of travel. They typically involve protagonists who must leave their home or place of comfort and go to faraway lands to fulfill a goal. Settings play an important role in Adventure films, sometimes as big as the characters themselves.

Main plot elements include quests for lost continents and exotic setting; struggles and situations that confront the main characters, the creation of empires, characters embarking on treasure and heroic journeys, travels, explorations, quests and searches for the unknown usually also having to overcome an adversary. Adventure films are often set in a period background and may include adapted stories of historical or fictional adventure heroes within the historical context. Kings, battles, rebellion, or piracy are commonly seen. Adventure films may also be combined with other movie genres such as action, animation, comedy, drama, fantasy, science fiction, family, horror, or war.

The ending of the definition is where my opinion diverges, slightly. Adventure movies can, of course, be combined with other genres, but too often on these lists, adventure is the subgenre and has very little to do with the main parts of the movie. When I’m looking for an adventure movie, I want that to be the focus. Things get a bit sticky with films like Star Wars. It’s clearly sci-fi, but it’s also fantasy and adventure. It’s one of those rare movies that straddle genres very well.

Superhero movies will not be on my list. At least none I’ve seen as of September 2020. In my opinion, superhero movies have become their own separate genre. They have elements of action, sci-fi, fantasy, and adventure. The focus, though, is the superhero and all the superhero stuff. This is not what I’m looking for when it comes to an adventure movie.

Most action movies will not be on my list. If the purpose of the movie is to see people get beat up and shit blown up, for me, that’s action, not adventure. John Wick and The Raid are action. Sure, I could see how someone could argue they’re adventure, but, again, that’s not what I’m looking for in an adventure film.

*This definition is completely subjective and as the list grows longer will probably end up making no sense at all.

I think part of the reason I enjoy adventure movies is that unlike action, they often include female characters in more than a token role. Evie in The Mummy is a driving force in the story. Buttercup tries to save her true love and speaks up against the man in control of her in The Princess Bride. It’s Joan’s adventure that we go on in Romancing the Stone and Jewel of the Nile. Princess Leia, Abigail Chase, Elizabeth Swann, Yvaine, and Lamia have large parts in each of their movies. They each may not be the lead of their films, but their actions matter to the story.

Now that’s cleared up, here are the adventure movies I enjoy the most, listed alphabetically. More will be added as I remember them or watch them.

Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy is about a man who is taken from Earth and forced to make his way through the galaxy with people he thought he knew. His initial goal is just to survive in his new environment, but it turns into a quest to find the answer to the ultimate question. It has a sci-fi setting and is a comedy, but the main purpose of the movie is Arthur’s adventure.

The Indiana Jones movies are my definition of adventure film. Indiana is an adventurer seeking treasures that belong in museums. Raiders of the Last Ark is easily the best. Temple of Doom still freaks me out a bit. Last Crusade has Sean Connery and is a bit of a rehash of Raiders, but I still prefer it to Temple of Doom. I actually don’t hate Kingdom of the Crystal Skull but I didn’t include a picture because the gallery looked weird on WordPress when I uploaded it.

Jumanji and Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle both have kids completely out of their comfort zones fighting to survive and beat a game.

The Librarian: Quest for the Spear, Return to King Solomon’s Mines, and Curse of the Judas Chalice are movies that were made for TV but they are very much in the vein of the Indiana Jones films. Noah is a professional student who finds himself chosen to work for the Library. He has to seek out mythical artifacts to protect them and the world. There is also a Librarians TV show that I love even more than the movies.

The Mummy and The Mummy Returns are once again very similar to the Indiana Jones movies. However, this time the female character has agency and an integral part to the story. Evie makes these movies, she has a larger role than O’Connell. She’s amazing. Also, everyone in this movie is gorgeous.

National Treasure and National Treasure: Book of Secrets have a team of people searching all over the country for treasure. They are being chased by bad guys and there’s a little bit of romance. It doesn’t have a historical setting, but it does have historical elements.

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl is the best of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies (Full disclosure I haven’t watched the last one or two). It has swashbuckling pirates, sword fights, and treasure.

The Princess Bride has fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, true love, and miracles. You can’t get more adventure than that, now can you?

Romancing the Stone and The Jewel of the Nile are two adventure movies that follow Joan Wilder, a super successful romance writer, and Jack Colton a man who just wants to buy a boat. They travel through treacherous terrain while being chased by a corrupt military figure, in order to save her sister. The sequel isn’t as good, but I enjoy it none the less.

Stardust has a lot of fantasy elements and I debated including it on my list. It’s one of my favorite movies, but is it more adventure than fantasy? I decided to go with yes. It has pirates. It has a young man on a heroic journey to find treasure for his love. The fantasy setting plays a roll, but the adventure story is what really drives the movie. It hits all the marks I love most about adventure films, but I could just be clouded by my love.

Star Wars just might be the most epic adventure story of all time. These seven movies are a saga that has yet to be surpassed. I know there are a lot of people that hate the prequels, but they came out when I was just young enough to attach some nostalgia. So apart from Clone Wars I enjoy them all. I also included Rogue One because it is the only new movie in the series that I have loved. It is one of my favorite movies, not only in the series, but period.

Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life have action elements, but Lara’s quest for ancient artifacts trumps that, in my opinion. Plus, I love being able to include female led adventure films. That being said, I wouldn’t call these favorites. I enjoy them and watch them when I’m not feeling strongly about anything, but there are many ways in which they could be better. I have not yet watched the newest, if I like it I’ll definitely add it.

Tomorrowland is another one of my favorite movies. This time, though, I’m pretty sure there’s no question of it’s adventure film status. Yes there are sci-fi elements, but the movie takes part mostly in the real world. You have a young woman searching for Tomorrowland, then trying to save the world. She’s taken out of her comfort zone on a quest for an artifact.

New Star Wars Disney Toybo Figures! 08/16/20

Sorry for the bad pictures, I’m using screenshots of SuperSorrells Instagram. I was too excited to wait for better images.

It looks like we’re getting Jango Fett!! If the back of the box is any indication we’re also getting another Stormtrooper and maybe the Mandalorian! Love new Star Wars figures, even though I’m running out of space.

As soon as they’re up in the store I’ll add them to my lists.

New Toybox Figures: Darth Maul!!

I have been waiting for Darth Maul to show up ever since I saw the dual lightsabers. Finally, today he’s showing up on Disney’s online store!! I’m excited.

Darth Maul

SuperSorrel posted an image a while ago and I was a bit concerned by Darth Maul’s face, but it seems it’s going to vary by paint job. His grimace isn’t the face I would have gone with, and they messed up his teeth, but overall I’m really liking this figure. Since the paint job does seem to vary I do hesitate to buy him online, though. Who knows when my Disney store will get it? Also, what if it sells out???

Before I forget, Venom and a new Kyle Ren TIE Fighter set are also showing up.

Venom is very bulky, but they aren’t charging more for him like they did with Hulk and Maui. Kylo Ren’s TIE Fighter set is the same price as the original TIE Fighter set, but I feel like they did more with it. It shoots missiles, has sounds, detachable wings, and can spin. However, the other set is still the only way to get the TIE Fighter Pilot.

Glad to see more Star Wars figures, still hoping for some more Disney Princesses.

Kylo Ren Toybox Figure

I believe I’ve mentioned that there was going to be a new Kylo Ren figure. If not, there’s a new Kylo Ren toybox figure. It popped up on the Disney Store this morning, it will probably take a couple weeks to show up in store. Unless your Disney store is better than mine lol.

Kylo Ren was the first Star Wars Toybox figure and hasn’t been available to purchase as long as I’ve been following things. So it’s nice to get a new version of him. Differences seem to be a new outfit and mask. I was kind of hoping that he would have an interchangeable head, but his only accessory is his lightsaber. The new mask looks cool, but I miss the hood and long coat.

Also, we’re now at two Kylo Ren and Rey, where’s our Finn character Disney??

Anyway, here’s a pic and a link.

Kylo Ren II

New Disney Toybox Figures: Star Wars and MARVEL

Alright, so I moved and Spectrum was super awesome and stuff happened and we haven’t had internet for two and a half weeks with no end in site. I’m currently accessing the internet almost exclusively on my phone. So needless to say I haven’t been checking for new figures recently. Naturally, that means things have started showing up on the Disney store.

A quick list of everything:

MARVEL Avengers Gift Set

C-3PO & R2-D2

Rey

Millennium Falcon Play Set

Sith Trooper

I’ve seen a couple pics of a few of these floating around for a couple weeks now, but they are all currently showing up on the online store.

Marvel Avengers Gift Set

The MARVEL Avengers Gift Set has a couple reskins, but there are also two new characters. Thor, Black Widow, and The Hulk all look pretty much the same. There seem to be a few changes to Black Widow, mainly her hair color, but I also believe her uniform is slightly different. Doctor Strange is translucent, but his actual body seems to be the same based on the pics. Still a cool effect.

The big thing here is the addition of Hawkeye and Iron Patriot. This is the first time we’re seeing these two characters in the line. Hawkeye comes with two heads and a bow and arrow set. While Iron Patriot comes with twin cannons. Just based on the online pics I’m not sure, but it looks like Iron Patriot is just a reskin of the old Iron Man figure. Someone correct me if I’m wrong.

New Star Wars Figures! The last one we had was Poe at number 11. I’m not sure what number 13 is, but I think it’s probably a new Kylo Ren. Nothing else is showing up on the store yet but I’ll update when it does.

Rey has new clothes, her face looks mostly the same and so does her body. The Sith Trooper, though, seems to be completely new. It has a different mask than the regular trooper as well as different shoulders and he comes with a large gun. Very cool looking.

I love the addition of some droids. C-3PO and R2-D2 look really good, but in my opinion they do not look $18.95 good, which is what they’re listed for on Disney’s website. Not sure why there’s such a different in price between them and the regular $12.95 for figures. We’ve had a few of the larger figures at $14.95, but that’s understandable with the size difference. The droids don’t look bigger than usual.

Millennium Falcon Star Wars Play Set Rey

 

The new Millennium Falcon set now comes with Rey and BB-8, as well as new droid D-O. The paint colors are different from the previous set, the guns are different, but the rest seems to be the same. It still has the nice light up feature as well as sound effects. At $79.95 it’s too pricey for me.

I’ll stay on the lookout for new figures and update my lists as they come out.