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Quest Narratives and Hero’s Journeys: Investigating Themes of Growth, Redemption, and Destiny in Blockbuster Fantasy Films

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Previously, we had seen blockbuster fantasy movies use a narrative centered around the hero’s quest and journey. We have to admit that it is such an important point that it has become a culture for making movies like this. Because fantasy movie stories that include missions, inevitable fate, or past sins are redeemed will captivate audiences and encourage them to catch the subsequent episode. No matter how many new movies the fantasy industry creates, you can see that they all tend to have the same plot. If it weren’t for the hero who already had a love for justice, it might be a battle that could not be avoided by fate. From the following article, we will take you deeper into the signatures and context of the emergence of the powers of most heroes that you may have seen before.

Quest Narratives Unveiled: Delving into Heroic Journeys, Transformation, and Destiny in Fantasy Blockbusters

The plot of a fantasy film is mostly narrative and usually involves the main character embarking on a new journey to complete a mission. During the mission, there will be obstacles and dangers throughout the journey. Then the story will be tied in such a way that the main character will meet both allies and enemies nearby to complete the given mission. When the plot of a film paves the way like this, our main character will certainly grow along the way. The director also intentionally concealed his views including his perspectives on the world and life, which have obviously grown. What is almost 100% clear about the plot of this type of film is the ending scene of the fantasy film. The director will ensure that the main character will win and overcome the obstacles, even if along the way the main character almost doesn’t survive.

Example Movies:

  • The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (2001-2003)
  • Harry Potter Series (2001-2011)
  • The Chronicles of Narnia Series (2005-2010)
  • The Hobbit Trilogy (2012-2014)
  • Pan’s Labyrinth (2006)

The Hero’s Journey Model Explored: Exploring Epic Quests, Personal Evolution, and Fateful Journeys in Fantasy Blockbusters

Another highlight that the fantasy movie industry often uses is the hero’s journey in the scale of blockbuster movies. When the word “hero” is mentioned, many people may think of strong strength, magic, or even superhuman abilities. But there are some movies where ordinary protagonists who don’t have any superpowers prove themselves through many tests including adventures in mysterious lands, characters traveling the world to find meaning in life, or helping others without magical powers. But deep down, these characters are also known as heroes, even though they don’t have the same powers as the others. Most of the stories that the director chooses to use involve the protagonist going on an adventure and encountering obstacles that are difficult to overcome. In the end, there were changes and increased willpower.

Example Movies:

  • Moana (2016)
  • Avatar (2009)
  • The Lion King (1994)
  • The Wizard of Oz (1939)
  • Spirited Away (2001)
  • The Chronicles of Prydain: The Black Cauldron (1985)


Themes of Growth and Transformation Explored: Unraveling Personal Evolution and Profound Changes

Blockbuster fantasy movies often create interesting characters by growing and changing through the hero’s quests and journey. First of all, the story will be plotted for the main character who doesn’t intend to be a hero. This type of character initially doesn’t accept their own power or doesn’t think of doing any good in this aspect of using their power for anyone at all. Later on, the character in the story has to confront with difficulties from others that surrounding area or unavoidable crisis situations. Eventually, it was necessary to use his own power until the main character knew that his power was useful and could help others. After that, he became a full-fledged hero helping people. Normally, the hero’s journey is often filled with various insights that viewers can apply or feel more energetic in their lives than before.

Example Movies:

  • Black Panther (2018)
  • Frozen (2013)
  • Spider-Man (2002)
  • Thor (2011)
  • The Incredibles (2004)


Exploring Destiny and the Hero’s Calling: Unveiling Fated Journeys and Epic Quests

If we talk about sci-fi fantasy movies, we must think of the gathering of heroes to defeat dangerous enemies, right? And it is definitely one of the signatures of this genre that the director purposely presents to all viewers. With the fate that cannot be avoided and the magical powers that have existed since the birth of the main character. Even though they’re not the same universe, superheroes often work together in times of need. In this part, directors often create stories of protagonists in many parts to tell stories of heroic deeds to save the world or universe that have happened before. It can also be called bringing the main characters of each story to shine on the same screen.

  • Avengers: Endgame (2019)
  • Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
  • Justice League (2017)
  • Thor: Ragnarok (2017)
  • Captain America: Civil War (2016)

From all of the above, you can see that both quest-based storytelling and adventurous journeys to help others are signatures of hero-centered fantasy films. If we talk about the plot like this, the movies that are produced won’t be much different. Sometimes there is just a change of actors or the creation of a new movie, but in the end, it has to come back to the mission to achieve the goal. But what’s different that makes viewers watch the same movies is the stories in between and the ideas gained from the movies. For this reason, I believe that the sci-fi and fantasy film industry, regardless of genre, will definitely have the opportunity to grow in the future.