“Toto, I’ve got a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.”
Dorothy Gale in The Wizard of Oz, written by Noel Langley, Florence Ryerson, and Edgar Allan Woolf
Think foreign lands and exotic locales. The adventure film hero may travel the world in eighty days or shrink to the size of pin and spend ninety minutes trapped in their basement. Either way, your hero is going somewhere new, and returning home ain’t gonna be easy! A close cousin of the action genre, adventures films are no marguerita on the beach; they are fast moving, often perilous journeys full of unexpected obstacles and un-asked for sidetracks. Act One ends when your hero realizes he/she can’t go back; Act Two ends when he/she realizes there might be a way after all!
Adventure heroes live by their own rulebook, and often narrowly escape their antagonist early in the movie. Often average folk, adventure heroes find themselves in situations beyond their physical abilities, and are usually forced to entertain some very creative problem solving ideas. As the plot snowballs toward a final event, the hero must outsmart rather than outfight their antagonist, and is often forced to go it alone. When it’s all said and done, the hero will usually see a clear path back home; whether they take it or not is up to the screenwriter!
Adventure movies to watch: Apocalypse Now, The Goonies, Children of Men, Seven Samurai, The Good the Bad and the Ugly, Raiders of the Lost Ark
Genre Hybrids: Star Wars (Sci-Fi Adventure), North by Northwest (Thriller Adventure), The Wizard of Oz (Fantasy Adventure), Deliverance (Horror Adventure)