5 Movie Universes We’d Like To Live In
Sometimes we have a bad day, and we just need to get away from the drama of our daily lives. Or sometimes we just want to indulge in a fantasy world that’s not our own. Part of the magic of movies is that they allow us to dive into different places and give us the ability to pretend we’re somewhere else.
Have you ever thought about what movie universe you’d like to live in? Here are 5 movies that have worlds that will make you forget about your day to day.
Okay, so maybe you’d need to take some time to adapt to the language and culture of the Na’vi – but seriously, who wouldn’t like to live on James Cameron’s idealistic planet of Pandora?
Avatar is the story of paraplegic James Sully, who is tasked to go to the planet Pandora. His mission: to infiltrate the Na’vi lifestyle and bring back information on its riches so that the greedy owner of a mega corporation can destroy it. A chance meeting with a Na’vi princess changes his loyalties, and he falls in love with both her and the lifestyle of Pandora…angering the power-hungry people around him.
With its beautiful scenery and the ability to hunt and fly as a warrior, Avatar gave us the feeling that we were in another world entirely – a futuristic world unlike our own that would be exciting to explore and even more exciting to live in.
When hobbit Frodo set out to destroy the one ring of power, we as moviegoers had no trouble following his journey from the happy life of Hobbiton, through the beauty of Rivendell, to the cities of Rohan and Gondor and finally, into the fires of Mount Doom. Peter Jackson took us on an unforgettable journey through Middle Earth with this three-part adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkein’s classic, and in the process, made even the most skeptic of sci-fi geeks want to live in the world of The Lord of the Rings.
Whether you’d prefer to live eternally with the elves in Rivendell, hunt on the wide open plains of Rohan, or just enjoy the jolly life as a furry footed hobbit in the Shire, there seems to be a place in Middle Earth for everyone. A world of simplicity and beauty, it’s definitely my first choice for a movie universe to live in.
Flying cars. Wizards. The ability to disappear and reappear with the turn of an inanimate object. Paintings that move. Magic.
When JK Rowling’s fantasy world was brought to reality by filmmakers, it wasn’t hard for the audience to appreciate it – because many of us had already spent years with visions of living our lives like the young wizard Harry Potter and his friends who fought the evil Lord Voldemort and Death Eaters.
Simply put, who wouldn’t want to drink a potion and transform into someone else? Or have the ability to wave a wand and change a leaf into a goblet? Or ride the Hogwarts Express, complete with the trolley cart full of treats? And didn’t we all practically salivate seeing places like Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade come to life on screen?
Part of the magic of the Harry Potter films was that for the first time, they allowed us to feel it was truly possible to apparate to this world we always wished we were a part of. I mean, I know I can’t be the only one who wished that I could walk into Madam Malkin’s robe shop and be fitted for my own wizarding garb.
As humans, we constantly imagine ourselves as someone epic and important, such as a warrior with extreme powers, or an action superhero. It comes as no surprise then that living in the world of X-Men would appeal to anyone who has ever wished that they could be part of something bigger.
Consider this: you could have amazing abilities, like the power to channel the weather or read minds, or be gifted with super strength. You could use your power for good (or even evil, if that’s what tickles your fancy) while fighting for the rights of humans and mutants to live side by side, and you would even have the chance of one day becoming a superhero. Personally, I’ll take that over the real world ANY day.
What’s cooler than being a looting thief and a rebel? Being a looting thief and a rebel in the outer space world, of course.
As a self-proclaimed sci-fi geek, I had to put this movie on the list. Even if you’re not familiar with the Joss Whedon Firefly universe (and the awesomeness of Captain Mal, aka Nathan Fillion), you have to admit, being able to live in the Serenity world would just be really cool. Not only would you have advanced healing abilities and futuristic warfare, but you get to ride on a ship in outer space, all while experiencing the Western aspect of the real world – just in an entirely new cool way.
So, there you have it – 5 movie universes to escape to when life gets too tough. Did I miss any of your favorites? Or do you have a special movie with a universe that should have been added to the list? Share your thoughts below.
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