Movies to fulfil your sense of wanderlust
I’m all about adventure. I’m also all about kicking back & relaxing for a bit. But how can you do such a thing during covid times? By living vicariously through movie characters. Need more help? Well keep on reading and find a movie, stream it, and fulfil that wanderlust that you are so desperately willing to fill.
I should note that I have not seen ALL of these movies below, but I have seen most of them and some are even in my top 10 movies of all time. It’s only right we kick this list off with my number one movie (and book) of all time.
- Into the Wild - If you don’t know this movie, you are really missing out man. A young man, Christopher McCandless, has a promising future with a degree from Emory and well-off parents, but he trades all that in for a vagabond lifestyle. He pledges himself to this lifestyle so hard that he destroys all identity of himself, and even donates his own 24-thousand-dollar bank account to charity. On this journey watch as Chris transforms into Alexander Supertramp as he takes on the great west and eventually the almighty Alaskan wilderness in the biopic. If you end up loving this movie, read the book, and then read his sister’s novel about Into the Wild, called The Wild Truth, where she talks about what “really”went on in the McCandless household.
- Free Solo - I watched this film three times and each time my palms were soaking with sweat. It’s unbelievable. This documentary is, what I believe to be, the greatest athletic feat ever by a human. Alex Honnold, a professional rock climber, attempts to climb the widely known El Capitan in Yosemite National Park. Doesn’t sound that exciting? Did I forget to mention he will attempt it WITHOUT ANY SAFETY GEAR? That’s right. No ropes, harness, nothing besides himself and his chalk bag. I cannot even begin to comprehend how much mental strength this man has. If you don’t know what El Cap looks like, take a look...
- Life of Pi - based off the novel of the same name, is a story about Pi Patel and his family who recently sold their zoo and are moving from India to Canada by boat, when suddenly a storm appears thus sinking the ship. Pi, who made it safely in a lifeboat, realized that he maybe he wasn’t so safe after all. Learn how Pi manages and deals with something that wants to kill him but at the same time, it is the only thing keeping him alive.
- The Revenant - One of the most gnarly movies ever. In 1823 Hugh Glass was attacked by a bear and left for dead by his tribe. The only thing is that he doesn’t die…(other events happen but I won’t ruin it) and he is eager to get revenge on the man who betrayed him. If that doesn’t sell you, this fact might. Leonardo DiCaprio, Hugh Glass, slept in a horse carcass during the filming of this movie.
- Moonrise Kingdom - I have not seen this movie, but it’s by Wes Anderson and anything by him is amazing. This adventure film is about two 12 year olds falling in love after they both ran away to island off the coast of New England.
- Peanut Butter Falcon - A movie I have not watched, but I am about to ASAP. It stars Shia LaBeouf and Zack Gottsagen, an unlikely pair make a unbreakable bond as they meet each other, both on the run. Zack is an actor with Down’s Syndrome and his character, Zak, is a young man with Down’s trying to pursue his dream of becoming a professional wrestler with help of his new pal, Tyler (played by Labeouf)
- Everest – Who wouldn’t want to indulge in the wonders, terrors and challenges faced when climbing over 29 thousand feet? I have watched this and a few other short films, mostly about the Sherpas, and read the book, Into to Thin Air, which is about the deadliest day in Everest history. But this movie gives you a realistic feel of what it’s actually like to climb, or what I’ve been told it’s like.
- The Grey. Liam Neeson. Plane crash. Alaskan wilderness. Do I need to say anymore?
- Touching the Void – this is another gnarly movie. Joe Simpson and Simon Yates set out to be the first to reach the summit of Siula Grande in Peru. Without ruining the movie, this is mainly about their way down. The decisions that were made in this documentary are some I pray I never have to make. It’s full of disaster and scenes that may make you feel uneasy, but that’s the reality of nature, it’s harsh.
What adventure movies have you watched on this list? What should I watch next? Leave some recommendations in the comment section!
Thank you for reading, hope this was worth the read.
& Remember, be kind.
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