A few weeks ago we asked you on our Facebook page “What is your favorite movie set location?” We were amazed by the amount of responses we got. “Vicky Christina Barcelona”, “Eat, Pray, Love” in Italy and Indonesia, “Harry Potter” in London and many more cool locations, were all mentioned by you and made us all remember why we loved a certain film.
Once the Facebook discussion was over we were still enthusiastic about it and decided to elaborate on the subject a little more. Take a look at what we at EasyToBook.com consider to be the best movie set locations:
“Lord of the Rings” – New Zealand
Lord of the Rings is the main reason why New Zealand became such a popular destination in the past few years. All three parts of this long and well invested saga were filmed outside in nature and that is thanks to the fact that New Zealand looks as if it was painted by some kind of amazing artist. For those of you who are big fans of Lord of the Rings movies, (like me) you probably know how fun it is to watch the film over and over again when each time you discover new meanings and metaphors that are hidden behind these breathtaking views. Soon after the movie was released, New Zealand was the new hot spot everybody talked about. People found it hard to believe that such a beautiful place existed so they just had to go there themselves to see it with their own eyes.
“Lost in Translation”- Tokyo
This movie is one of the better examples to show how creative directors use their set location in order to conduct their vision in the best possible way. Lost in Translation was filmed in one of the busiest capitals in the world, Tokyo. The two main characters, (the brilliant Bill Murray and the stunning Scarlett Johansson) are strangers to each other, but somehow manage to form a special bond as they are both feeling lonely, neglected and useless. The reason this movie was such a huge hit is because the talented Sofia Coppola who wrote and directed the movie, was able to connect the stars of the movie with the fast moving and very lonely city of Tokyo. This capital is so extremely vibrant, big and impressive, that a simple person can totally get lost there, both physically and mentally. This is exactly what the main characters in the movie go through on their interesting journey together.
“Mama Mia” – Greece
This remake of the famous theatre play which was all based on Abba songs, was a huge hit and a refreshing movie, where the entire crowd in the cinema sang, laughed and cried along with the main characters. When you think about, it is not difficult to understand why the movie was filmed in the sunny island of Skiathos in Greece. Mama Mia is a story that is based on love, freedom and on simple people that just want to enjoy life to the maximum without having to think too much about the consequences of their actions. While watching the movie you start to understand how different the lives of people are who live in a mostly natural area, compared to the busy lifestyle almost all of us have in the big city.
“Slumdog Millionaire“- India
One of the biggest hits of our times made a lot of headlines after it displayed the world with some very harsh visions of poor India. The emotional theme of Slumdog Millionaire evolve around a sad story about how unfair life can be, and about shattered dreams as a result of cruel reality and the broken hearts of young people who lost their naivety way too soon. The movie is mesmerizing, not only because of the brilliant actors and the unbelievable story it tells – the background views of India shock and amaze, and make you sad and happy at the same time.
There is no better way to finish our “Best movie locations” list than with this all-time classic. Al Pacino is playing an unsuccessful mafia guy that is slowly ruining his life as a result of taking too much drugs and becoming too arrogant. This role made Al Pacino famous and his biggest fans can still quote almost every sentence from the movie. The movie setting is beautiful Miami Beach where the main character immigrated to after he left Cuba. During the movie we see different footages of Miami in the old days. It is clear that back then the police did not have so much control over the mafia; that is when people started taking some matters in their own hands.
There are so many other amazing movie set locations out there, that every time you turn on your DVD player you are just looking forward to have the luxury to get swept away to a far away destination and forget the boring reality for a moment.