My husband calls me the “Movie Queen” and I have learned to embrace the title. I admit, I love watching movies. I get totally pulled into the characters, story line, and the entire world within the film (much like a good book!). But I don’t watch just any movie. Believe me, there is a ton of garbage out there in cinema and on television trying to be passed over as entertainment. I don’t want to feel dumber or disturbed after watching a film or show. So I usually do some research on a film’s content before I commit to watching it. Even if it’s super popular with everyone else, that doesn’t mean it’s good for you. I want to feel inspired, enlightened, motivated to be a better version of myself, and sometimes just able to have a good laugh and simply be entertained. Entertainment can be still wholesome, but it’s getting more and more difficult to sift through all the junk.
So below are just a few of my favorite movies that inspire me to live more adventurously and to explore the world around me. I hope you get a chance to watch some of these if you haven’t already!
UP (2009) PG
Adventure is out there! Even for a crotchety old man, Carl Fredricksen finds a way to escape to Paradise Falls; a land that his late wife had always wanted to visit. He ends up with a young ranger scout stow-away named Russell who shares in the adventure while they makes some pretty interesting discoveries at Paradise Falls. This movie is great for kids and kids at heart. The idea of taking off in a house with millions of balloons to fly away from it all sounds very appealing as an adult these days. Plus who wouldn’t want a talking dog as a companion while traveling the world?
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013) PG
Even though this a remake from the original 1947 Danny Kaye film, the storyline has been adapted to our modern age. Walter Mitty (played and directed by Ben Stiller) has been a longtime employee of LIFE magazine. But when corporate suits come in to take control of the last issue Walter embarks on an adventurous journey to track down a photographer half-way across the globe, his journey becomes more extraordinary than he could have imagined. The supporting cast includes Kristen Wiig and Sean Penn. I love this movie and the soundtrack! (Check out Jose Gonzalez’s “Step Outside”) The tagline “Stop dreaming. Start Living” is as powerful as the film. Lots of beautiful shots of Iceland in this film too!
Australia (2008) PG-13
What could be better than a film set in Australia with two authentic Aussie actors? Especially when one of them is Hugh Jackman? If you have not seen it, this movie needs to be on your “must watch” list. It’s almost 3 hours in length, so grab the snacks and settle in. This film is set in northern Australia before World War II, an English aristocrat who inherits a sprawling ranch reluctantly teams up with a stock-man (Mr. Jackman) to protect her new property from a takeover plot. As the pair drive 2,000 head of cattle over unforgiving landscape, they experience the bombing of Darwin, Australia, by Japanese forces. It has just the right balance of action, drama, and romance for a date night film.
Tracks (2013) PG-13
Based on the incredible true story of Robyn Davidson. A young woman goes on a 1,700-mile trek across the deserts of West Australia with four camels and her faithful dog. Sounds crazy right? Adam Driver is a surprising co-star as a nerdy photographer that bugs Robyn occasionally on her trek. She encounters some pretty incredible challenges, besides the fact she has to deal with camels 24/7. The movie showcases the Australian outback and just how wild it can be. And yes, it’s on Netflix!
The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings (2001-2014)
These movies are the ultimate promo advertising for New Zealand. Although I highly recommend reading the books, the film adaptations by Peter Jackson (also a NZ native) showcase the grandeur and beauty of a country that was untouched by man up until 1,000 years ago. I will admit that I have watched these movies at least 100 times, along with the bonus features and behind the scenes footage, so I may be slightly bias. The actors would constantly try to describe the beauty of their set locations, but would admit that you just have to go see it for yourself. And that’s we plan on doing very soon! 🙂
What movies inspire you to travel? Do you have any favorites that you could watch 100 times? I want to hear from you! Maybe I can add a few more movies to my “movie bucket list.”