7 Awesome Times Travel Movies, You Should Watch While Stuck In Quarantine!
You are home, isolated, I am home, isolated. Well so is Tom Hanks, Idris Elba and literally almost everyone in the world. Thinking about the world we are currently living in, feels surreal. It is a unique situation when some of the world’s biggest economies are in lockdown, thousands of people have lost their lives, the majority of the population has no choice but to restrict themselves at homes. Well, regardless of how much we question this, it is the truth. And we got to do what we have to do. So why not make the best of it? Take a cinematic break during this coronavirus crisis and watch these best time travel movies.
So far one thing is absolutely clear from the ongoing corona crisis, that overcoming this pandemic is a marathon, not a sprint. Thus, we might be stuck in our homes for a while. But it doesn’t have to so boring, and frustrating. Thankfully, there are awesome time travel movies that will have you flying from years, decades and dimensions. So let’s delve in.
Got your popcorn? Ready for your mind to be blown? Alright! Here is the list of my top 10-time travel movies of all time, in no order :
1. The Time Traveler’s Wife
Henry ( Eric Bana’s character) is a time traveler, due to a rare genetic which forces him to live life on shifting timeline with little or no control. Despite this, Clare (Rachel McAdams’s character) is determined to build a ‘normal’ life with a man she has loved her entire life. This movie is sensual, romantic, and sweet. It will take you to a wonderful journey of fate, love, and family.
Directed by the legend Christopher Nolan. Winner of an Academy Award for best visuals. Features Matthew McConaughey, Timothée Chalamet, Anne Hathaway,
Jessica Chastain and many more. Do you need more reasons to watch this epic time travel movie? Probably not but still hear me out.
The movie is based dystopian future where the entire human race is struggling to survive. A group of astronauts travels through a wormhole near Saturn in search of a new abode for humanity. The entire plot runs through the murphy law “Anything that can go wrong will go wrong”. It showcases family struggle, dealing with separation, a beautifully emotional father/daughter relationship, and above all how precious the time is.
Interstellar is easily one of my favorite time travel movies. It is intriguing, moving and fascinating.
3. Back to the Future
No list to the best time travel movies could be complete without mentioning the timeless classic, Back to the Future. Although the second and the third are greatly entertaining, the original ( 1985) still wins the top spot. Based in the 80s, a young Californian boy Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) is thrown back into the ’50s thanks to an experiment by his eccentric scientist friend Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) and jeopardizes his own future.
So if you are looking for a tickling 2 hours, filled with rock n roll family adventure comedy, you must watch back to the future. In the field of sci-fi comedy, this movie is truly is the gold standard, difficult to be surpassed.
4. The Lake House
Okay, I love Sandra Bullock! But that’s not the only reason why this movie is a must-watch. As cliche as it may sounds, but The Lake House, makes you fall in love with the ‘magic of love’.
The film is based upon two characters, Kate ( Sandra Bullock), a doctor living in 2006 and Alex ( Keanu Reeves), a middle-class architect living in 2004. The central conceit of the film showcases how these two people are able to communicate and fall in love via a magical mailbox at the lake house they have both lived in different times of their lives.
5. The Terminator
Who hasn’t heard of the Terminator franchise?
So I am not a big fan of the action genre. But I thoroughly enjoyed watching this series. Directed and co-written by James Cameron, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, the first part is set in 1984.
An indestructible cyborg killing machine (Arnold) is sent from the post-apocalyptic future where the machines have overtaken the world, with a mission to kill Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton). This film is action jammed, moves in a cracking pace and efficiently shows a future where humankind is struggling in the war against machines.
6. Doctor Strange
In this Marvel franchise, doctor strange or Stephen Strange ( Benedict Cumberbatch’s character) becomes a great sorcerer and as you would aspect, is tasked with saving the world. What sets this film apart is the layers of uncertainty brought by Cumberbatch’s character.
The movie is visually distinctive, has brilliant CGI effects and Cumberbatch’s performance are all good reasons to give this movie a shot.
7. 13 Going on 30
Easily one of my favorite time travel movies is ’13 going on 30′. The title says it all. It is a story of a 13-year-old girl, who wishes to turn 30 on her birthday. And miraculously her wish comes true.
The protagonist, Jennifer garner was enormously hilarious and touching at the same time. She wonderfully captured the innocence of a child in an adult’s body. It’s a sweet romantic comedy, giving the message of compassion while dealing with the issues of growing up. There are incidents, maybe in bits and pieces which I am sure we all can relate to while we were growing up. It makes you realize that being an adult is not about what you have but what you really are.
Though all these are amazing films, there are plenty of other wonderful movies on time travel. But in all fairness, most of the time travel movies are great. And since we can’t practically time-travel or even ‘travel’ at the moment, I guess watching these movies is the next best thing.
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