There’s something particularly magical about being transported to some of the most beautiful places in the world from the comfort of your own couch. Let’s be honest, movies are often instrumental in planning your next adventure! Here are some of our favourites.
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
The cinematography and breathtaking landscapes of Greenland and Iceland, with the aid of a subtle story and impeccable music choices will make you want to get on the first flight out. It’s a reminder that you have to get out of your own comfort zone to fully engage in the wonders of the natural world. Ben Stiller both directs and stars as Walter Mitty, a man working at Life Magazine. The magazine is going under, quickly becoming digital, and with Mitty’s job in danger his boss has made it clear that he wants to have a historic last cover for its final issue. Mitty, sick of putting his sense of adventure on the back-burner, steps up to the challenge. The overarching theme: carpe diem.
The Bucket List
This 2007 comedic drama stars Jack Nicholson as Edward and Morgan Freeman as Carter, both at a point in their lives that the time has come to complete items on their bucket lists. They see the pyramids in Egypt, ride motorcycles across the Great Wall of China and take a safari in Africa.
Whilst the buddy comedy is a tried and true formula, this movie allows its audience to put their own travel dreams into perspective. A little lesson in making that ‘someday’ travel today!
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Yet another feather in Wes Anderson’s fanciful cap, ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ is, simply, a gorgeous film to watch. Set in a fictional European town, the movie presents a caper, a prison-break and a glimpse into the luxurious life of the aristocrats from the view of the working class. It is meticulously composed and designed, with a breathtaking colour palette throughout. The incredible performance of Ralph Fiennes as ‘Monsieur Gustave’ the concierge of The Grand Budapest Hotel, is a delightful representation of high-level service. The movie awards cameos from an impressive array of Hollywood stars: Bill Murray, Willem Dafoe and Edward Norton to name a few. As ever, Anderson’s world is created like the most magnificent full-scale doll’s house; his incredible locations and immaculately designed interiors create a fantasy experience for the viewer.
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
A charming but crumbling ‘Exotic Marigold Hotel’ run by the ever-cheery Sonny becomes the new home for spry English retirees heading to India for an ‘outsourcing’ of their retirement care needs. India itself appears to be a supporting character as through our retirees the audience discovers some of India’s dazzling culture, food and people.
With a star-studded cast (including Judi Dench, Maggie Smith and Bill Nighy) the characters each arrive in India with their own retirement dreams. These variably sweet and grumpy grey-haired gems step out of their comfort zones and demonstrate vulnerability, drive, determination and pluck and show that growth can come at any age.
With style and grace to match the writing, Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck dazzle as our two main characters in the 1953 classic, ‘Roman Holiday’. It was Hepburn’s debut in American films and her one and only Oscar-winning performance.
She plays the demure and graceful Princess Ann from an imaginary European nation, running away from her royal duties. After a chance meeting with a boisterous US-born reporter (Peck), she is toured around the city of Rome.
Like ‘The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’, Rome itself acts as a supporting character with the camera panning and pausing on delightful streets and landmarks all through the eternal city. If you’ve been to Rome, it’ll make your memories come alive. If you haven’t been, well, we’ll see you there soon.
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