Movie addicted as I am, I see a lot of movies. Since I’m working on a post about the relationship between travels and movies, I’m not gonna digress here. These are simply my favourite five Travel Movies, in no particular order.
I don’t really wanna get into the heated debate some of you might know of, discussed on the Internet about the story of Christopher McCandless. I just think, it’s a great movie. Like every movie based on a real story, I always give 1 point more. This one got another 1 more because it’s set all along my favorite part of the US, and ends up in Alaska, which is one of the places I’d love to see at some point in my life. So, debate aside, if you haven’t seen it yet, I strongly recommend you to do it, if you like travels and that kind of freedom sensation they make you feel. The movie, other than show amazing views of that part of the US, is full of quotes taken from the real Christopher McCundless diary. I’m not ashamed to say I’ve been thinking about them very often lately.
The most recent of the list, another real story. I guess I like them more because they make me believe it is actually possible going beyond our limits. Be brave enough to try new experiences. Cheryl Strayed is an American writer, a very successful woman who happens to be just seven years older than me. That’s why her adventure feels so real and reachable to me. Ok maybe I also like the movie because of Reese Witherspoon. I mean, who doesn’t like a young blonde American girl?! It just feels that way though, because I’m not sure yet I could be able to do what she did. I didn’t know what the Pacific Crest Trail was before. Now I do, and I’d love to do it, but seriously…that’s kind of hard. That said, it’s a good movie.
Well, I don’t know if any of you have seen this movie, but if you haven’t, then just go see it immediately. As strange as it might seem, Ben Stiller has written and directed one of the best movie ever. Ok maybe that was a little pretentious, but no kidding, The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty is a great movie. The photography is exceptional, and the movie leaves you with a thirst for adventure and a craving for taking risks. Which is pretty much the intent why this movie has been shot. I have still in mind the images of those stunning landscapes, and a couple of places more I wanna go to. Ben Stiller is the leading actor, the world the supporting one, and Iceland the Guest Star.
Another true story, another great woman. Robyn Davidson is an Australian writer who, in 1977, decided to cross Australia on foot, with four camels and her dog as her only companions. I’m not gonna be silly and say it makes me understand Australia not having been there, but this movie got me some clear insights, especially about the humanity of the Australian Aborigines. Her story became a famous article on the National Geographic Magazine in the 70s, and at the end, the movie shows the shots the journalist who followed her adventure, took at the end of that magic trip, once she finally reached the ocean. Real pictures of a real woman in a real adventure. Not just a fiction movie.
Well, I honestly didn’t expect this one to be a good movie. I just saw it because I see pretty much anything. All right you got me here. It was my Rosamund Pike period so I was looking for movies with her. I saw the trailer and thought it could be a good one. I can say now it really is. Light, clean humorous are just some of the adjectives I find appropriate about this movie. Might be kind of trivial the matter of the search for happiness, but the best part are the places of the world Hector visits during the trip to find it. Plus, I got a couple of amazing glimpses of Shanghai, and now I’d like to go there some day.
I guess taste is subjective, but I found all these movies very inspiring, talking about travels. Their only flaw is that I haven’t been casted to be part of them. I’ve always known I would have been a great actor. Hollywood, do you hear me?!