Jakarta (or at least where I live) is raining as we speak, which makes a good time to snuggle in for a movie night. What’s better than traveling through movies to places you’ve never been or a promise to go back to places you have been and love. You know what, some of these movies introduced me to far-flung and nearby destinations unheard to me before so hey, maybe you will book an impromptu flight ticket to one of these places (or any place, really.) and get going!
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013)
Destination : Greenland, Iceland, Nepal
Walter Mitty works at LIFE Magazine where he manages negative films shot by many photographers, one of which is Sean O’Connell, whose latest negative will be the cover of LIFE Magazine final print issue and said to embody the quintessence of Life…..until that negative got lost. Now, it’s up to Walter Mitty, who takes on a great adventure, to find them.
This movie is pretty slow-paced at first, but it gets quite interesting as it goes on, as Walter Mitty’s adventure progresses. Ben Stiller portrays Walter Mitty really well, both as a 9-to-5 guy and as an adventurer, I also love the way it’s shot! It was the first time I discovered the beauty of Iceland, admittedly quite late, and it still remains on my bucket list. This movie is a perfect epitome of how distance and disruption of your habit make all the difference.
Destination : Nepal
The biographical movie of the 1996 ill-fated expedition to the summit of Mount Everest, which was one of the worst fatalities to ever occur in Mount Everest. While not entirely shot in Nepal due to the difficulty of terrain, it is a good depiction of the duality of nature, both the astounding beauty and the unpredictability wilderness.
The Darjeeling Limited
Destination : India
One of Wes Anderson’s finest work, a reunion of three brothers each with their own issues and a hidden agenda; to find their estranged mother who is now a nun in Himalaya, onboard the imaginary train ride of The Darjeeling Limited in India. There’s an air of bizarre, emotional drama and of course, the ever charming and exotic India where not only do they (reluctantly) try to find their mother, but also a journey to let their personal burdens go and find themselves again.
The Bucket List (2007)
A story of two terminally-ill men to cross things off the bucket list before they really kick it for good. Starring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman, it tells you that you are never too old to live your dreams… or have a new one, in fact it may be the very thing keeping you alive. A nice movie for a weeknight in.
Eat, Pray, Love
Destination : Italy, India, Indonesia
Based on Elizabeth Gilbert’s memoir on her post-divorce travel, I think every woman should watch this movie at least once, or even men, in need for sense of direction, maybe Liz, so well-portrayed by Julia Roberts, will give you some light on it. Taking place in Italy where she eats, India where she prays, and Indonesia where she finds love, it’s an empowering movie of how once we are able to forgive ourselves and seek the truth, we open up our ability to find happiness time and again. And okay, more than anything it makes me want to go to Napoli and have the whole pizza for myself.
Mamma Mia! The Movie
Destination : Greece
Okay, I am completely biased since I pretty much know every word to this movie but really, DON’T YOU? Don’t let me get started with the fact that it’s shot in Greece. I mean, Greece! It can only mean endless sun, sparkling water, cobblestones, pretty houses and my wedding fantasy answered in one movie. And oh my, the ensemble cast! I’m exaggerating but really, I’m not. I also watched their play in London last November and I love it! A very enjoyable movie, definitely.
Little Miss Sunshine
Destination : United States (Albuquerque to New Mexico)
A classic road trip movie where the Hoovers did an impromptu road trip from Albuquerque to California for a beauty pageant for their youngest, Olivia (played by Abigail Breslin). The journey breaks not only their daily routine, but forces them to face a reality that gets swept under the rug and to always see the silver lining and that to not take the world too seriously with the people you love can be the best thing you have.
What’s your favourite travel-related movie? Share at the comment section!
Until next time,