Films to Inspire Your Vacation
Are you hitting the road soon? Got all your bags packed and looking for a way to kill the last few hours before you strike out on an adventure? Want something to get you all fired up and raring to go? Or are you just thinking about venturing out soon and want some on-screen inspiration? Then you’re in the right place! Here, we present a collection of six films we think are just perfect to get the wanderlust in you stirring!
Lost in Translation
Bill Murray might not be the box-office grosser he once was, but the man can still warm the hearts of even the most cynical audience. Lost in Translation was released in 2003 and is a must-watch. Its power and emotion all come from the dynamic between Murray and Scarlett Johansson.
The film tells the story of an American actor in Japan who, feeling isolated by the linguistic and cultural barriers he encounters in the East, strikes up a friendship with an American woman he meets. The film derives all of its power and emotion from the unresolved romantic tension between the two, and it’s a genuinely beautiful story about finding companionship in big, impersonal cities. That, and it makes the Tokyo night-life look almost mystical.
Into the Wild
So you’re young and you’ve got $24,000 in your savings account, what do you do with it? You give it to charity and move to Alaska, obviously! Oh, and then what you do, once you’re in Alaska, is live in the wilderness – as you do.
Into the Wild is a heartfelt and inspiring film about a young man who graduates from University and then decides to roll the dice. He sells all of his stuff and gives away the cash before venturing out, intent on a nomadic life. It’s an inspiring (though at times tragic) tale of the yearning for freedom from modern society’s constraints. What’s more, it’s a true story, which just goes to show that adventures really do happen. It’s hard to watch this film without being overcome with a desire to strike out into the wilderness.
Jude Law, Cameron Diaz and Jack Black star in this romantic holiday movie about separate people swapping houses for a holiday. It’s not the most complex of plots, nor is it the best film ever made, but it’s got a deeply lovable cast that makes it impossible to dislike the film overall. On top of that, it’s perfect for the holiday season and just the ticket if you’re looking for some warm, perhaps slightly sappy, feel-good watching.
If wine country is your sort of thing, then Sideways is an absolute must. While everything doesn’t really go entirely to plan for the hapless duo undertaking the trip, the film certainly showcases some marvellous vistas that’ll have you pining for the vinyards.
Oh, and it’s a very, very funny film.
Love or loathe this film, there’s no denying The Beach is a perfect film to watch before your holiday. It’s set on a beach, for god’s sake! Plus, for the ladies, Leo Di Caprio is topless for quite a long period, so there’s another reason to watch it.
Again, you can expect, if nothing else, lots of shots of lush, sun-soaked beaches and gently rolling seas.
The Lord of the Rings Trilogy
Now, you obviously can’t actually go to Middle Earth. Who’d want to anyway? It looks like it’s full of orcs and all sorts of other nasties. The LotR films might inspire you to travel on two counts, though. Firstly, it’s an epic about a grand adventure, spanning continents and introducing a vast cast of characters, a great journey into the unknown amongst faithful companions. Secondly, it’s full of lingering shots of rural New Zealand, and that’s certainly not something to be sniffed at.
So, even if it doesn’t make you want to conquer the armies of Sauron, The Lord of the Rings might at least make you yearn for a trip to the Pacific!
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