Though many countries are beginning to lift their internal Covid-19 lockdowns, international travel is still nigh-on impossible at present. For those of us who love travelling the world, 2020 has been quite a blow. Here’s 5 wanderlust movies to watch during your downtime to help you remember just what it’s like to be on the road again.
The Hangover (2009)
What a fine depiction of Las Vegas, Nevada, The Hangover is. Bradley Cooper takes on the role of Phil, a teacher and leader of the ‘Wolfpack’. Doug (Justin Bartha) travels to Las Vegas with his best friends to celebrate his upcoming wedding. They check into a hotel and celebrate with a few drinks on the hotel rooftop. The next morning, Phil, Stu, and Alan awaken to find they have no memory of the previous night, while Doug is nowhere to be found. This is just the start of a day which brings about all sorts of surprises, just like any trip to Las Vegas should.
Who should watch: Anyone who believes ‘what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas’.
Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019)
By no means the best Spider-Man film around, but the definition of a film that falls into the category ‘wanderlust movies’. Tom Holland reprises his role as the titular superhero as a school trip takes him to the romantic city of Venice, Italy. Spidey fights through the streets and canals, causing unintended chaos across the pond for once. Spider-Man: Far From Home is well worth a viewing for anyone fancying a trip to the Veneto region this year.
Who should watch: Americans thinking about visiting a European tourist attraction or two.
An unbelievably sad opening makes way for a tale about a miserably old guy and a talking dog. I got that right, yeah? Carl Fredricksen (Ed Asner) has been pursuing a lifelong dream of travelling to South America, but doesn’t want to leave his home. So what does he do? He takes it with him, of course! Up is full of comedy for adults and children alike, and (after that intro) is a thoroughly heartwarming adventure.
Who should watch: Perfect for families who might not be getting that summer holiday this year, so are ready to start planning a big adventure for 2021.
Crazy Rich Asians (2018)
A romcom with a difference, Crazy Rich Asians is a powerful movie for the impact it has had on popular culture. Based on Kevin Kwan’s book of the same name, Crazy Rich Asians stars Constance Wu as Rachel and Henry Golding as Nick as they trade up life in New York for a wedding in Singapore. This wanderlust movie is more than just a visit to a new locale; it’ll change your view of the super-rich Singaporean culture.
Who should watch: The millennial San Francisco crowd.
Attack the Block (2011)
Have you ever visited London? Forget Tower Bridge, the Houses or Parliament and Buckingham Palace, Attack the Block shows you the real London. Based in Lambeth, South London, a gang of youths is forced to protect their home from an alien invasion. The aliens obviously fancied a bit of a getaway. For us mere humans though, this may be one of those wanderlust movies that puts you off a visit.
Who should watch: Every Star Wars fan should see John Boyega’s feature film debut.
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