Inspire wanderlust, escapism and adventure on the big screen
Nothing beats the thrill of exploration but if you need some inspiration for your next big adventure, we have selected the top movies for adults and for the kids to get you dreaming. Whether you are looking adventure or escapism, excitement or relaxation, we have got you covered.
For the parents
1. The Dawn Wall
Cameras follow Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson as they take on the staggering challenge of free-climbing Yosemite’s most formidable rock formation.
Why two point four recommends: whilst climbing a sheer rock face of this magnitude might not be on everyone’s bucket list, finding ways to step out of your comfort zone should be
2. Into The Wild
Christopher McCandless, a young graduate, decides to renounce all his possessions and hitchhike across America. During his journey, he encounters several situations which change him as a person.
Why two point four recommends: there may be plenty of sorrow within this film but it is definitely a thought provoking road trip movie that celebrates a man’s personal journey
Examining the many levels of minimalism by looking inside the lives of minimalists from various walks of life.
Why two point four recommends: we have all been reconsidering what is important in life and this looks at it from the angle of ownership of material possessions.
4. Expedition Happiness
A filmmaker and his musician girlfriend attempt an epic road trip with their dog, travelling across North America in a refurbished school bus.
Why two point four recommends: where can I buy a bus? No really where?
An exploration of our obsessions with high places and how they have come to capture our imagination. Only three centuries ago, climbing a mountain would have been considered close to lunacy. The idea scarcely existed that wild landscapes might hold any sort of attraction. Peaks were places of peril, not beauty.
Why two point four recommends: Incredible photography from around the world
For the kids
Whilst the reason for their feather ruffling and flaunting their best moves might not be understood by the younger audience this documentary starring Stephen Fry is sure to entertain.
Why two point four recommends: children are obsessed with nature and wildlife and the funny dances will no doubt be replicated
Night on Earth is a nature documentary that uses breakthrough technology to depict how animals behave when night falls. Each episode focuses on a different environment, including the jungle, the ocean, and urban cities, illuminating a variety of species and habitats across the globe. There are some graphic scenes of animals hunting and killing other species.
Why two point four recommends: Whilst parental guidance is required for some of the more graphic scenes, this series drives the imagination of what goes on when the rest of the world is asleep
The BBC’s animated adaptation of a popular British picture book by author Julia Donaldson. The preschooler-friendly story follows a witch (and her faithful cat) who keeps adding to her broom’s occupancy
Why two point four recommends: Use this one as an opportunity to discuss how people from all walks of life work to get on with each other, especially when travelling
Barry, a worker bee stuck in a dead-end job making honey, sues humans when he learns they’ve been stealing bees’ nectar all along
Why two point four recommends: We all need a reminder than life doesn’t have to be mundane and there is a big world out there to explore
Follow a group of animals busting out of a zoo to explore the world and meeting some other friends along the way.
Why two point four recommends: If you want an adventure that is filled with wildlife and nature, look no further than here.