5 Destination Films to Fulfill Your Wanderlust 

These films will scratch the travel bug itch, all while in the safety of your own home. 
Saturday 1 August 2020
Reese Witherspoon takes us all on an emotional and heart wracking journey at the expense of her feet. Photo: FOX Searchlight 2014

The time to leave the house and venture out into our own countries has come, but alas, travel is still restricted and with numbers jumping erratically it might still not be a good idea to abscond across the seas. 

Instead of sating your wanderlust by actually getting on a plane and going, live vicariously through your television screen and treat yourself to some eye candy. Let these films take you on a wild journey with them and enjoy the ride through a bunch of different countries. 

 

WILD (2014)

Follow Reese Witherspoon as she steps into the painful shoes of Cheryl Strayed. The death of her mother Bobbi has caused her to spiral into a well of depression that was filled with drugs and sex as coping mechanisms. Freshly divorced due to her addictions, she must find herself and what better way to do that than to head into the unknown, i.e the Mojave Desert in Southern California. 

The script is written by English writer Nick Hornby who is well known for About a Boy, and the story is based on Strayed’s 2012 memoir, Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail. Stunning cinematography and vast landscapes combined with heartfelt moments of raw human emotion fill this movie with feeling. 

 

THE TRIP TO SPAIN (2017) 

To follow up that emotional ride is a British comedy that should pep you right up. Delectable food, companionable laughter and breathtaking scenery make up the trifecta of a good time and this movie promises all of that with Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon.

This one isn’t a deeply emotional journey traversing through treacherous landscapes, instead, it’s a feel-good mishmash of long roads, good food and witty conversation. Imagine sitting in the back seat or the extra chair at the table while Coogan and Brydon quip at one another and throw around Bond jokes all while your eyes follow the scallops or chorizo get plated on the table.

 

LOST IN TRANSLATION (2003) 

A classic by destination film standards even 17 years later, Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson’s traipse through Japan at night is still a must-see. With a simple storyline, Director Sofia Coppola has mentioned that the impact of the movie lies in the great urge to connect when feeling most disconnected as well as the absorption of the stunning backdrop that is Tokyo, Japan. 

Bob Harris is an actor promoting Suntory beer in a foreign land feeling isolated due to language barriers when he meets fresh graduate student Charlotte. The two meet often in the hotel they both reside in and are drawn to each other in moments of displacement from the outside world. Follow them as they attempt to make sense of the strange connection. 

 

LITTLE ITALY (2018) 

If you’ve ever wondered what happened to Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen) after he met the lava in Revenge of The Sith, then look no further than Little Italy, Toronto, Canada. Just like the two mamak stores in Singapore that set up next to each other and feud to the point of black magic accusations, the families in this film are no different. 

The set up of this Donald Petrie movie is simple and pretty clear cut, Romeo-and-Juliet without the death. Nikki Angioli leaves behind the competing families to study cooking in London but circumstance forces her back to her hometown and into Leo Campoli’s arms. In between the family battles and the romance, enjoy the quaint streets of a small pocket of Toronto. 

 

THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY (2013)

This film is for those with the wildest imaginations and is a pure delight for the eyes. With it’s out of this world landscape combined with the nonsensical dreamscape of Walter Mitty, the movie is a trip and a half. It’s flighty and fantastical, not to be taken seriously, just crunch popcorn and enjoy the feel-good ride. 

Escaping the monotony of his everyday life, Mitty, played by Ben Stiller, who works for LIFE, decides to go on a mission to find the missing negative from legendary photojournalist Sean O’Connell, played by Sean Penn. In doing so he finds so much more than just a negative on a whimsical journey to get O’Connell in the Himalayas.