Here are four good recent travel movies:
- The Way, starring Martin Sheen and directed by his son (guess which one), is a contemporary tale about walking the medieval pilgrimage route across northern Spain. While I don’t understand why Martin and his fellow trekkers didn’t have foot problems, the movie is still recommended. It does, however, follow the standard “road movie” format. “The Way” is a perfect vehicle for Martin Sheen.
- Midnight in Paris, a Woody Allen film that was nominated for a “Best Picture” Oscar, involves time travel in Paris. The movie is lightweight fun. While I thought the portrayals of Hemingway and Picasso weren’t very convincing, and the ending had at least one too many time jumps, I liked this movie . . . and I’m not a big Woody fan. Kathy Bates, in a minor role, steals Midnight.
- Salmon Fishing in Yemen, while filmed in Morocco, is an interesting cinematic diversion that deals with obsession and Asperger’s Syndrome. This flic is about a “crazy” project in an exotic (although arid) land, and is well acted. What’s not to like?
- The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, starring Judi Dench and a fine ensemble cast of British actors, is set mostly in India where a group of seniors are conned into retiring to a seedy hotel. While the ending is entirely too neat, this movie is enjoyable; it tries hard to give the movie goer some of the colorful sights and sounds of India. But you may need to be “up-in-years” to fully appreciate Marigold Hotel. Maggie Smith, as a cantankerous elderly retiree, steals this movie.
If these movies don’t make you want to travel, nothing will. Can anything beat a “rainy night” in Paris, or a chaotic street scene in India, or the scenic countryside of northern Spain for a pleasant night at the movies?