Films are powerful. They can make you laugh, make you cry and in some cases make you desperate to go out and experience adventure and travel the world. Here are a few films that inspired me and maybe they will inspire you too.
The Bucket List (2007)
Billionaire Edward Cole and mechanic Carter Chambers have nothing in common except for their terminal illnesses. They decide to go on a road trip with a wish list of to-dos before they die. In the process, both of them heal each other, become unlikely friends, and ultimately find joy in life.
This film inspired me to write my own Bucket List when I was 13 years old and it powerfully reminds you that life is short and you should live you dreams whilst you can.
Dolphin Tale (2011)
A lonely and friendless boy finds and untangles a hurt dolphin that is caught in a crab trap. He becomes very attached to the dolphin when the tail must be taken off to save the dolphin’s life. The boy believes the dolphin would be able to swim normally if it was given a prosthetic tail.
Based on a true story, this movie made me long to go out and volunteer to help with marine work overseas and make a positive difference in the world for marine life. Not to mention dolphins are adorable. Don’t forget to check out the sequel “Dolphin Tale 2”.
Big Miracle (2012)
An animal-loving volunteer and a small-town news reporter are joined by a native Alaskan boy to rally an entire community – and eventually rival world superpowers – to save a family of majestic grey whales trapped by rapidly forming ice in the Arctic Circle.
Another film inspired by a true story and based on marine life. Big Miracle is an awe inspiring movie about a community coming together to help some grey whales and you will wish you were a part of it.
The Lizzie McGuire Movie (2003)
Lizzie McGuire has graduated from middle school and goes on a school trip to Rome, Italy with her class. But when she discovers she’s the spitting image of a famous Italian pop star, what was supposed to be only a normal trip, becomes a teenager’s dream come true as she is launched into what becomes a journey of self-discovery.
This was one of the first movies I ever owned and if you watched it as a kid you, like me, probably dreamed of being mistaken for an international pop star whilst on a school holiday and getting to break away from the traditional boring school trip itinerary.
The Fault In Our Stars (2014)
Hazel and Augustus are two teenagers who share an acerbic wit, a disdain for the conventional, and a love that sweeps them on a journey. Their relationship is all the more miraculous, given that Hazel’s other constant companion is an oxygen tank, Gus jokes about his prosthetic leg, and they meet and fall in love at a cancer support group.
The Fault In Our Stars is one of those movies that proves you can make the most of life even if you haven’t been blessed with much of it. Everyone’s dreams are unique and everyone can achieve theirs if they set out to.
The beautiful Rapunzel has been locked in a tower her entire life, and she is curious of the outside world. One day, the bandit Flynn Ryder scales the tower and is taken captive by Rapunzel. Rapunzel strikes a deal with the charming thief to act as her guide to travel to the place where the floating lights come from that she has seen every year on her birthday. Rapunzel is about to have the most exciting and magnificent journey of her life.
This is one of my favourite Disney movies and is a story of adventure. Whilst your travels may not include magical hair or crime hunting horses, it will, hopefully, contain as many welcome surprises and twists as this story dos for Rapunzel.
Into The Wild (2007)
Based on a true story. After graduating from Emory University, top student and athlete Christopher McCandless abandoned his possessions, gave his entire $24,000 savings account to charity and leaves his family behind to hitchhike to Alaska to live in the wilderness. Along the way, Christopher encounters a series of characters who shape his life and he experiences the complete freedom he has yearned for all his life.
This movie follows Christopher McCandless’ journey of backpacking at a truly minimalist level and proves it really isn’t all about the money and possession. There are adventures to be had and people to meet, you just have to go out and find them.