Yes, I know most of the posts lately have been Iceland-related, but get over it (or get excited for me!). Thursday evening I'll be Reykjavik-bound and will hopefully have some sweet flicks to watch while on the plane. The last time I flew Icelandair, I ended up watching a pretty entertaining promotional video about Iceland. Besides getting me jazzed for this trip, I also learned that a majority of Icelandic peoples believe in elves and fairies. Who knew?
I also learned that A LOT of movies and TV shows are filmed in Iceland. Thanks to tax breaks and a crazy-ass landscape, more and more studios are taking their productions up north.
Take a look at what I'll be watching before the trip...
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
This movie is a totally predictible cheeseball's spiritual odyssey. But so what? I loved every second of Ben Stiller's twee journey. The first half of the movie prominently features Iceland, and man does it make it look good. So much so that Icelandair actually offers a Walter Mitty adventure package!
If you didn't see this in IMAX, then I'm not sure you should bother seeing it at all. I had some issues with the script, but at least it was imaginative. The scale of the visuals (giant waves, frozen clouds, etc.) are what made the movie for me. One of these impressive sequences features an ice-covered planet with frozen clouds and a very special guest star. Guess what? This place actually exists in…you guessed it: Iceland (you know, minus the frozen clouds).
Look, I know Tom Cruise is a controversial character, but I think we can all agree, he makes damn entertaining movies. I had super high hopes for this flick, and while it didn't quite blow me away, there were still a lot of impressive visuals courtesy of Iceland's alien landscape and midnight sun (which basically creates a permanent "magic hour"). Plus, it has a great soundtrack by M83.
As Oblivion showed, when in need of an alien-looking planet, head to Iceland! Volcanic landscape and epic waterfalls + computer-generated alien ship = Hollywood magic. Also robots.
Game of Thrones
Didn't know that beyond the wall is filmed in a real place? YOU KNOW NOTHING, JON SNOW! Sorry, couldn't help it. Poor Kit Herrington & Co. have to brave the near arctic conditions of Lake Myvatn in winter, but it makes for a damn pretty show! Want to live like a wildling and see it yourself? Icelandair has tours for that too.
Thanks Iceland for providing such epic landscapes for Hollywood to film! My eyes, tired of watching years of crappy CG, are especially grateful.