1. An undertaking or enterprise of a hazardous nature.
2. An unusual or exciting experience: an adventure in dining.
3. Participation in hazardous or exciting experiences: the love of adventure.
The Top 5 Movies Every Child Should Watch
These are the movies that I could still sit down to and enjoy today. Movies that I can’t wait to watch with my son. I still remember watching them as a child and imagining the great adventures I would go on. I would spend hours on end exploring outside, the backyard would become a dig as I searched for dinosaur bones, anything could be made in to a fort, and space was never too far away. These movies still excite me with adventure when I watch them. And I’m 33 years old.
In no particular order those movies are:
This is the must see movie. If only one thing gets watched from this list The Goonies is the one. You have a treasure map, old pirate ship, the Fratelli’s and a land developer foreclosing on everyone’s houses. Chunk confessing all the bad things he’s done. People who have never seen the movie quote ‘Hey You Guys!’ And the best quote of the movie:
“Don’t you realize? The next time you see sky, it’ll be over another town. The next time you take a test, it’ll be in some other school. Our parents, they want the best of stuff for us. But right now, they got to do what’s right for them. Because it’s their time. Their time! Up there! Down here, it’s our time. It’s our time down here. That’s all over the second we ride up Troy’s bucket.”
Troy’s bucket was the way out, back to what was comfortable. But the sense of adventure said go further. Explore. There is something in the unknown. Check out the original trailer.
Now how about something with Ethan Hawke and River Phoenix? The Explorers. I remember watching this movie with my dad when I was a kid. The best friends, one who dreams of space travel and the other a computer geek. One night Ben dreams about a circuit that his best friend Wolfgang is able to decipher into a complex computer program which allows them to travel to space. The best part of the movie though is building their space ship. It’s where imagination is built. When a child is building a fort out of couch cushions all you see as an adult is a couch cushion. The child sees a castle surrounded by a moat with large towers above it. The space ship they build is the same thing. As an adult it looks unsafe and unstable. But as a kid it’s my spaceship that will take me to the stars. Check it out.
The Princess Bride.
“A classic fairy tale, with swordplay, giants, an evil prince, a beautiful princess, and yes, some kissing.” With a description like that how can you say no? I’ve watched this movie more times than any other movie. Oh man was I obsessed with this movie as a child. I can remember living in Vista, CA and reenacting parts of this movie with friends at church. First off you can’t go wrong since this movie is based on a book which is based on stories a father told his children. In fact if you are a fan of the movie at all you should read William Goldman’s book on screenwriting. Specifically ‘Which Lie Did I Tell’ which talks about Princess Bride.
I was ‘in love’ with Robin Wright in this movie. Princess Buttercup. Specifically the opening farm scenes with her blue eyes, long hair and light freckles. I better move on. Just watch.
“They’re kissing again.”
“Someday you won’t mind as much.”
Oh and side note. I own the soundtrack to this movie too. I still listen to it today and dream of adventure. Here is Track 1.
OK back to some SciFi. This time Flight of the Navigator. Not only do you have a space ship but time travel. A boy goes missing in 1978 and comes back in 1986. In the years that passed the boy doesn’t age at all. When he comes back a flying saucer is found that further adds to the mystery. It’s a great story of adventure for the boy as he learns to fly this alien saucer, interacts with a cute alien and travels at light speed.
After watching this movie it really made me want to learn how to fly. And keep my eyes open for UFO’s.
This last one was a hard one. I had to stop at five. But this is a great one to end off the list. The Neverending Story. First off the main theme song is classic adventure and 80’s lyrics. Being sucked into a world by reading a book is the epitome of imagination.
The Moonchild might just be my first crush.
The turtle, the ancient one, “We are allergic to youth.”
And if I watched the movie today I would probably still cry when Atreyu’s horse dies in the Swamp of Sadness. One last trailer for you.
There you go my Top 5 List of movies I can’t wait to watch with my son. Eventually that list will grow and be rounded out with other great adventure movie. Back to the Future. Indiana Jones. And Star Wars specifically.
Now if you will excuse me I need to make some popcorn.