Earlier this week I flew from London to Los Angeles on Virgin Atlantic (details coming in a future post). There were many things I loved about the flight, but one was the chance to watch a couple movies which really turned out to be worth watching. When was the last time you watched a good movie on an airplane?
I Recently Enjoyed Two Airplane Movies…
Throughout the pandemic, I have been traveling a lot. Even so, I’ve watched very few movies. I also have not been to a movie theatre in many years. Generally I’m working on daytime flights and sleeping on nighttime flights, meaning no time for movies.
But I had gotten my work for the day done earlier, deliberately did not connect to wi-fi, and found myself with 10 hours to relax. About half the time was spent napping while the other half was spent watching a pair of movies that surprised me in a very good way..
I narrowed down the movie library to a dozen movies. None of the movies I had seen before except for Tenet, a Christopher Nolan film that you really have to watch for a second (and third) time to fully understand.
Ultimately, I started with Mr. Jones, a tragic film about an aspiring Welsh journalist who visited Russia trying to land an interview with Josef Stalin and figure out the Soviet “economic miracle” while the rest of the world was in depression, only to find, while visiting Ukraine, it was done by starving and killing off millions. True story. A sobering true story with twists and turn that it made it cinematically pleasing but absolutely devastating to ponder on the depravity of humanity.
Next I watched Escape From Pretoria, a film based upon a true story about a prison escape from an aparthied-era South Africa. Prison escape films usually follow a predictable plot sequence, but this one was particularly well done and I highly recommend it. This film also got my heart racing, but in a good way. Another film documenting the human depravity of a system of government that was still standing while I was a kid.
Two true stories. Two heartbreaking tales. Two great movies. It was nice to have a day of rest and relaxation, though those movies left me neither restful nor relaxed. The best movies never do. Movies remain a great tool to share information and I highly recommend both Mr. Jones and Escape From Pretoria. I also highly recommend taking some time off and watching a movie on an airplane once and awhile.
Have you seen any good movies on airplanes lately?