While most of us are experiencing some form of cabin fever as social distancing remains the order of the day, we can at least escape in part via the wonders of the small screen. Here are our pics of the top films for getting you closer to the many wonders of the wild world.
Into the Wild
The film follows the adventures of disenchanted Christopher McCandless as he makes his way hitchhiking across America after graduating from college. The biopic, directed by Sean Penn, celebrates the triumph of the human spirit as the leading character battles the solitude and harshness of the Alaskan wilderness.
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
Few films will ignite your travel desire quite like The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. Based on the novel of the same name by author James Thurber, the movie follows Ben Stiller’s character as he breaks free from the monotony of his quiet life to all embrace all the adventure and challenges, travel has to offer.
Often heralded as the most aesthetically beautiful film ever made, Samsara is a unique, unusual and thrilling viewing experience. This visually resplendent film does not follow any traditional or familiar narrative, instead, it offers insights into the lives of people from all over the world through sound and picture.
The Darjeeling Limited
One of iconic Director Wes Anderson’s most well-loved works, The Darjeeling Limited follows the story of three brothers in the aftermath of their father’s death. They embark of a pilgrimage through India to not only find their long-estranged mother but also find themselves. Anderson ingeniously navigates the complex familial dynamics as the brothers work to rekindle their bond.
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Also based in India, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel offers a very different view of the delights India has to offer. Starring, amongst others, the incomparable Dame Judy Dench, the film details the story of failing hotel proprietors and their British guests who have unwittingly committed their retirements to the declining establishment.
To Rome with Love
Part of what many consider Woody Allen’s comeback the late 2000s, this whimsical film was an instant classic. A typical Allen ensemble piece, the film follows the romantic escapades of travellers and locals alike, who find themselves in the magical city.
Midnight in Paris
Woody Allen gets a second mention on our list as he definitely is the master of the establishing shot and making the city a character in his films. Midnight in Paris not only allows you to screen travel but time travel as well as you’re whisked between modern Paris, the bohemian revelry of Paris in the roaring 40s and the opulence of Paris in the Belle Epoque.