We all watch films for different reasons, whether for escapism or catharsis. Any film lover knows that a good movie, or at least one with good set design, immerses the viewer in its cinematic world until the credits roll. These are the films that linger. They let our imagination run wild, allowing us to envision life in a different realm. So, here’s a list of the film worlds that we would like to live in.
HARRY POTTER – Sydney, Member Experience Associate
I think if I could live in any film world, it would have to be Hogwarts. Harry Potter was the franchise that seriously defined my childhood, so much so that I inked my ribcage in memoriam. If I could submerge myself in any world, it would without a doubt be the one that has already taught me so much.
EDWARD SCISSORHANDS/BETTLEJUICE – Stephen, Member Experience Associate
If I could live anywhere, I would live in a world that is a cross between Edward Scisscorhands and Bettlejuice. I’d be in a world where there could be creepy castles off in the distance and entire worlds just upstairs in my attic. Plus, there would be totally cool Tim Burton imagery. And at the end of it all, there would be a cool dance number to a song nobody remembers that they all already knew.
STAR TREK – Frank Torres, Member Experience Associate
Okay, so ignoring the fact that this film universe is way more violent than the television show ever was, I would want to live in the world of Star Trek. I would consider the more violent stories to be the outliers, and the rest of the time things are just laid back, nothing costs money, and everything is done for the sake of expanding our collective knowledge. Also, who wouldn’t want a Holodeck?
THE FIFTH ELEMENT- Emmanuel, Member Experience Associate
My favorite sci-fi film is The Fifth Element and oddly enough, that is how I picture the future to be; flying cars, intergalactic travel, and of course, the over-the-top fashion. The Fifth Element is the closest thing to what I imagined the world being hundreds of years from now, so pretty dope stuff!
LAURA CROFT: TOMB RAIDER – Alyssa, Member Experience Associate
The world of Laura Croft is one I would gladly pack my bags to live in. As a character, she’s strong, smart, and a total badass. In her reality, she is jet-sets around the world to exotic locations, solving archaeological mysteries and using sweet combat moves to keep anyone and anything (lions, giant spiders etc.) out of her way.
JUMPER – Bobbi, Member Experience Associate
Picking a film world that I want to live in feels like it’s more about what I can do in that world instead of what the world looks like; so, I’ve basically chosen which superpower I want, instead of which world. Jumper may be a bad movie, but it sure does make teleportation look great! Before Samuel L. Jackson comes into the picture to screw everything up, Hayden Christensen has a pretty sweet life of teleportation awesomeness. He gets to travel wherever he wants, whenever he wants and has stolen enough money to live pretty glamorously in any place. You may be able to apparate in the Wizarding World, but it’s very unclear if you can hop continents like Hayden does in Jumper.
HARRY POTTER – Antonio, Blog Writer
You could live in a superhero-infested world or a galaxy far, far away, but who could pass up the opportunity to live in the magical world of Harry Potter? Attending Hogwarts would open up endless opportunities to learning, having fun, and embarking on exhilarating adventures. The characters living in the wizarding world are far more interesting than your ordinary Joe from the office, and you’d be able to make an endless amount of interesting friends. Then, after you graduate, you could secretly live as a wizard among muggles.
SUPERBAD – Alex, Blog Writer
Sure, it would probably be fun to live in a world with superheroes, or magic, or lightsabers, or talking raccoons. However, to be able to live in the collective mind of thirteen-year-old Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg would be an adventure I couldn’t pass up. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, Superbad (which stars Jonah Hill as Seth and Michael Cera as Evan) was initially created by Rogen and Goldberg (Pineapple Express, This is the End, Sausage Party) when they were still in middle school. Instead of stressing out about saving the earth or the entire universe from destruction, I’d rather be hanging out with my best friend, worrying about how to get alcohol for a high school party.
GROUNDHOG DAY – Cassie, Blog Writer
If you’re living in a movie, it’s safe to assume that you’re not going to be any more empowered than you currently are. So, with that in mind, I’d say the film Groundhog Day would be a perfect place to live, albeit a very interesting experiment in multiple timelines. Essentially, life would not change for most, it would be a normal day in a small town, either punctuated with an altruistic or a lunatic weatherman. I’d theoretically never know the difference either, but at least I wouldn’t be living the same hell as Phil.
POISON – Dan, Blog Writer
If I could live in any film world it would be… Todd Haynes’ Poison (slightly over Little Nemo and Aladdin, or a Studio Ghibli film). Three separate worlds in one. Hero, the suburbs with a twist; Horror, a 60s horror movie; Homo, a Genetian prison (based on his novel The Miracle of the Rose). I’ve always dreamed of inhabiting the places Genet wrote about, so Homo is the most exciting for me.
CLUELESS – Eli, Blog Writer
Living in 1990s Beverly Hills seems like it would be amazing! There is nothing I would need! The music would be great! Everybody would be beautiful! Maybe it’s just the craziness of the real world at this very moment, but the Los Angeles of Clueless would be a pretty great place to escape to right about now.
ALMOST FAMOUS – Maddie, Blog Intern
If I could live anywhere in the world, it would be alongside the band in the Almost Famous tour bus. I was lucky enough to grow up in a town where rock n’ roll was life blood, so to experience what Penny Lane and the gang went through, would be magical, if not at times, very smelly. I can’t imagine what it was like to help create the best decade of music there ever was. As Penny Lane says, “If you never take it seriously, you never get hurt. If you never get hurt, you always have fun, and if you ever get lonely, you just go down to the record store and visit your friends.”