The COVID-19 pandemic is still the worst thing that has happened, with social alienation and isolation depriving us of everything from theatres to festivals, bars and more. Most of all, being stuck inside the same four walls has robbed us of our ability to go out and explore and continue our own little adventures, whether that means actually traveling the world or just strolling to the local dog park.
But, man, at least we have movies. There's no better solace for closed souls than a good old-fashioned adventure movie. Here, we've collected 3 of the best movies, wear your dirtiest khaki shirt, and cross an old rope bridge across the canyon. Every movie on this list is either globe-trotting, hubris, treasure hunting, swinging vines, or a healthy combination of all of the above. On top of that, they're gonna sweep you off the couch for a few hours, promise.
Released the same year as Temple of Doom, director Robert Zemeckis's Romantic Stone could easily be dismissed as an Indy worshipper. (Both feature rickety cable Bridges, but honestly, what adventure is worth taking that doesn't feature rickety cable Bridges?) But that would be to ignore the actor's endlessly fascinating work as he traverses the Colombian jungle. Kathleen Turner as The New York romance novelist Joan Wilder, Along with Jack Colton, Michael Douglas's prickly mercenary, he becomes involved in a deadly treasure hunt. Romantic and thrilling, "The Romantic Stone" also features Danny DeVito as an absolute MVP performance as a hapless antiquarian smuggler named Ralph.
The Adventures of Tintin
The Adventures of Tintin is Steven Spielberg's most exciting pure popcorn entertainment without starring Indiana Jones. Based on the iconic comic book by Belgian artist Herge, the 3D computer-animated film swings from a script written by Edgar Wright, Steven Moffat and Joe Cornish, Jamie Bell stars as a redheaded journalist who gets caught up in a global treasure hunt. With the help of a drunken captain (Andy Serkis), and hiding from an evil pirate descendant (Daniel Craig) at every turn, Tintin and his trusty dog Snoy embark on a lifetime adventure to find lost treasure from a ship called the Unicorn. I confess to having been shut out of the movie for the longest time because of the 3-D animation bits, unaware that the technology merely inflated Spielberg's knack for big-screen spectacle to its most delightfully cartoonish levels. "The Adventures of Tintin" is straightforward and filled with some of the best sets from Spielberg's films.
The rocket hand
If Hollywood were still making quirky, glamorous adventures like Rocketman, it would be a better place. Based on the comic book character created by Dave Stevens, Joe Johnston's Jet Frolics is basically what happens if you turn the Indiana Jones genre into a real superhero. Stunt pilot Cliff Secord stumbles upon a prototype of a Rocket bag designed by Howard Hughes (Terry O'Quinn) and finds himself a target of the FBI and nazis. Ambreen's delight, unafraid to revel in his cartoonish persona, Rocketeer also proves that every film can be improved by former Bond Timothy Dalton playing a gorgeous villain.