There’s nothing like getting a glimpse into the destination you are about to visit like watching a movie about it on the big screen. The colours, the sounds, the smells – all seem to pop out right at you and suck you in. You can almost imagine yourself there – perhaps minus the fight scene or motorcycle chase!
So here’s a few great films that give you a great glimpse into the location in which they were set. Enjoy!
Leonardo di Caprio’s master piece The Beach is set on Koh Phi Phi in Thailand. You’ve probably seen this one – most people have. It’s the story of a bunch of backpackers who have one by one found an island Thailand and made it their own secret community. Richard stumbles across it after finding a map from his dorm room mate. There’s death, drugs and cheating along with some beautiful location shots that make you just want to dive right into that crystal clear water.
Lost in Translation
A somewhat odd movie starring Bill Murray. I’m not even sure what it’s about. But it does show you what a great view you get if you dine at the New York Bar at the Park Hyatt, which I did after seeing this!
Another one set in Tokyo, Brittany Murphy starred in this comedy about a young American girl who travels to Japan to be with her boyfriend only to find herself dumped. But no worries, she finds solace in learning how to make Ramen ‘with spirit’. Full of tradition and a really great glimpse into the Japanese psyche. Cute.
Tanamera – Lion of Singapore
Now this one I have not actually seen in film because I haven’t been able to track down a copy – even though it was an Australian mini series – but I did read the book (named Tana Mera) and with my love of Singapore, it had me hooked. I could see all the locations in the book, right in my mind because some of them are still even there and I’ve visited them. Set in Singapore during the turbulent years of the second world war, it tells the story of two families and the forbidden love between their two children.
If the book can paint such a vivid picture, I imagine the movie did the location justice according to the period of time, although you have to imagine Singapore back in the day without all those skyscrapers!
This thriller of a movie sees Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp tearing up the waterways of Venice whilst dodging bullets, leaping from buildings and damaging speed boats. But always in the background are the magnificent buildings and lovely canals that Venice is famous for. Definitely worth a watch – even if it’s only for a glimpse of Johnny.
OK it’s a bit of a quirky one this, not to mention you’ll need to read subtitles (unless you are a master of the French language), but you get a lovely feel for the quaint neighbourhood that is Montmartre in the northern part of Paris city and that’s the whole point.
Set in Seattle on the west coast of the good ole US of A, Singles is probably one for a particular audience, but given my love of all things grunge at the time of it’s release and featuring cameos by artists such as Chris Cornell and Eddie Vedder, it couldn’t have held more intrigue for me.
It’s the story of a group of 20 somethings and how they deal with the relationships in their lives. It’s got great music and a bit of subtle humour in it and apart from the cameos, stars Bill Pullman, Bridget Fonda and Matt Dillon to name a few.
Even better – it you make it to Seattle, make sure you look up Charity of Stalking Seattle and take one of her tours where she can show you some of the locations from the movie as well as many grunge era hot spots.
Under the Tuscan Sun
After Frances finds out her husband has been cheating on her, friends surprise her with a trip to Italy. She ends up finding a property in Tuscany that grabs her heart and she buys it on a whim. There’s lots of hard work along the way to get the home up to scratch and plenty of drama in between. Lots of golden sunsets and rural settings.
A great movie – as all Shah Rukh Khan movies are – this one is set in a couple of locations, Sofia in Bulgaria and Goa, India. As I had visited Sofia just last year it was a nice memory to see it again so soon. The shots in Goa are beautiful too and you can just imagine the colours and scents jumping out of the movie screen at you, right before Shah Rukh Khan starts another fight. It’s a bit of a chuckle too.
Filmed in many locations around India, Chennai Express is one of those films that makes you want to book a flight right away. It’s a love story at heart, mixed with plenty of singing and dancing, but also with a bit of action thrown in. There’s so much going on in these Bollywood movies that they are never boring – even if they are three hours long!
And of course, it’s another Shah Rukh Khan movie.
Sex and the City
Any self respecting gal will know that you only have to watch one episode of the TV series to get the buzz of New York City in your veins, so why not watch the movie as well for that big screen feeling. Once you get to New York, you’ll be surrounded by the same awesome places Carrie and the girls visited and you’ll understand just why they love it so much!