is a fairly straight-forward story of a sailor, one without any sense
commitment, who ends up finding someone who loves him and who he may
loving in return. Harry (Clark Gable) meets Emily (Greer Garson) and
never quite the same for both of the (starstruck?) lovers.
biggest problem with the film Adventure is the fact
that it suffers
from a script that doesn't seem to have any interesting direction
The story is so simple that it offers viewers few surprising turns and
the experience less memorable as a result.
The main character is a womanizer who doesn't seem to recognize
has hurt women emotionally by not being the man he should be. Harry
(Clark Gable) is not in tune with his surroundings and despite his
(which involves sailing the seas) he doesn't seek the adventure of
family and marrying a loved one but instead the mere joys of sea-life:
and locale exploration is apparently the gist of his adventurous spirit.
one day things change for him. Harry meets a
nice librarian by the name of Emily Sears (Greer Garson) and a part of
finds love in a way he didn't expect. Yet he ignores himself, these
and instead departs from her. Emily is distraught and lonely without
she has fallen in love with. Harry may only be able to find a true
understanding of his feelings from talking to a man on his ship's crew
feels he has lost his soul and who wants to find a way to gain it back
The redemptive arc of the story is one of the more interesting aspects.
it had been more fully explored in the script, but instead it can seem
aside when the film wants to focus more on attempting to build the
between Gable and Garson. The
acting is phenomenal, and is truly the best reason to watch the film
(besides the stellar direction).
direction by Victor Fleming (The Wizard of Oz, Gone With the Wind) is easily the
greatest strength of the film. Fleming is one of those great
artists who knew how to tell a story for cinema-goers and he was able
forth incredible performances from the actors he worked with. Adventure displays all of those
qualities of direction, and it is all the better for it. There are few
that don't seem to be contemplative or special in some degree because
the director handled the material with such a special grace and skill.
the actual scripted material is not on par with true epics like The Wizard of Oz and Gone With the Wind,
both of which have
received their well deserved recognition as definitive films -- in part
of an understanding of storytelling found within the stories
themselves. Adventure has solid craftsmanship
(direction, acting, cinematography, music) but it lacks the sense of
that one would expect from a production from such a high profile
alone from a film that actually has a title like "Adventure" which
really help to describe the story for audiences.
worth watching for historical reasons (especially for cinema-lovers who
see how it compares to other Victor Fleming films) but the screenplay
merely OK and is dated in some regards (though the conclusion to the
raise some interesting questions when one considers the time-frame of
production). Adventure isn't
necessarily an essential choice, but one that still has some merits
exploration for an adventurous fan of
cinema. Pun is intended (and hopefully also enjoyed).
promoted on as being a "Remastered
Edition" on the front cover art of the DVD release. The
film is presented in its original theatrical aspect
ratio of 1.33:1 full frame. This is truly an impressive release in
the overall picture quality. The print has clearly been restored with
enthusiasm as most moments seem to be clean and crisp. There isn't much
way of print damage or signs of an aging source. The black and white
cinematography looks stunning at times and has strong black levels that
help to set the mood for many scenes in the film. Warner Bros has
great restored version of Adventure
and any fan who wants to see the film look the best it has to date
out this release (while this DVD represents my first viewing of the
print is strong enough to suggest that this is the best release thus
is a somewhat standard sounding mono presentation and it can't entirely
to the strong video restoration but it does seem as though the audio
as well. The audio was clean, clear, and easy to follow but it is
limited to just dialogue reproduction. The film seems to sound as it
only extra on this M.O.D. (Made
on Demand) release is the original theatrical trailer (which clearly
demonstrates that Warner Bros restored the film well as the trailer
quality isn't that impressive). The release does contain full color
disc art on the DVD.
curious effort from the marvelously
gifted filmmaker Victor Fleming. The story is somewhat standard,
and it doesn't have the sense of the adventure the title implies. The
more than competently made and seems to be an impressive production on
levels of filmmaking. Fans of Clark Gable, Greer Garson, and Victor
should see the film for historical relevance and will likely consider
owning. Most audiences will want to give it a rental first though. This
Edition DVD release is recommended to fans of the film and
interested in following the work done by Gable, Garson, and Fleming.
Neil Lumbard is a lifelong fan of cinema, and a student who aspires to make movies. He loves writing, and currently does in Texas.