Waterfalls In The Movies
Site of the Forbidden Pool in the Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers movie
Ever since our honeymoon in New Zealand
, our waterfalling went global and we haven't looked back ever since. But one of the things our friends and acquaintances would frequently ask is why we chose to honeymoon (and get married
) in the Land of the Long White Cloud.
It turned out that we were influenced by the Peter Jackson Lord of the Rings trilogy
. I don't know whether it was the breathtaking scenery of the Southern Alps, the computer-generated (CGI) makeover of Tongariro National Park, or the multitude of waterfalls (both CGI modified and CGI made up) that were present in the movie.
At the time, Julie and I had already been waterfalling locally in the Southern California area
as well as Yosemite National Park
, and even Maui
So the waterfalls in the movie (e.g. Mangawhero Falls
posing as the Forbidden Pool in The Two Towers
) definitely got our attention, and it became some of the goals we were aiming for when honeymooning in New Zealand
became more appealing and closer to reality.
So given the role that the Lord of the Rings
played in turning our waterfalling into a global endeavor, I started to wonder what other examples of waterfalls in the movies existed.
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One of the most recent that comes to mind is the latest installment of Steven Spielberg's Indiana Jones
(i.e. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull)
where the mighty Iguazu Falls
was featured. Although some creative liberties were taken with this waterfall (e.g. that there were three drops, that you could survive going over the Devil's Throat, and that there was some hidden lost world somewhere behind
the waterfall), the movie made us look back upon our experience at the falls and identify where the camera crew got their shots from. Speaking of which, if you've seen the movie, that very first waterfall the main characters went over wasn't even at Iguazú Falls
at all, but it was at the Big Island's Kulaniapia Falls
Plus, who can forget the waterfalls in Steven Spielberg's Jurassic Park
series (Manawaiopuna Falls
and Honokohau Falls
come to mind)?
Or what about the movie The Blue Lagoon
(1980) starring Brooke Shields and Christopher Atkins, where they slid down the Waitavala Water Slide
in Taveuni, Fiji
Even waterfalls that weren't filmed on location like in the movie I remember seeing as a kid (somehow I associate this with Cyndi Lauper) The Goonies
(1985), which had a young Sean Astin (you know, Sam - Frodo's sidekick) and a young Cory Feldman amongst others. The scene I'm thinking about had a waterfall in some underground cavern that eventually became the scene of the kids' escape back into the outside world.
Some other examples of waterfalls in the movies that are out there include:
As for some other recent examples, there's the movie starring Hugh Jackman and Nicole Kidman in Baz Luhrmann's Australia
where movie trailers (check out second 56 of this trailer
) have shown the remote Mitchell Falls
in the Kimberley and the Emma Gorge Waterfall near the exclusive El Questro Lodge on the Gibb's River Road west of Kununurra. In a move where I'm not sure whether Kidman is trying to bring more attention to the movie through a publicity stunt or not, she claims that she and several other women got pregnant after waterfall swims because the waters near Kununurra somehow enhanced fertility. Uh, OK...
An even more popular movie in recent memory is the first installment of the ever-popular (especially with the women - my wife included) Twilight
series. Amongst the drama and the budding but forbidden romance between Bella and Edward, Multnomah Falls
made an appearance during the Vampire Baseball scene as well as in the closing credits.
Then, there's the heartwarming movie for children of all ages (including adults who are young at heart) - Up
. Even though the animation somehow brought me back to Shrek
, it was Paradise Falls that was what got Julie and I giddy. And if you compare Paradise Falls with Angel Falls
, I think you'll see an uncanny resemblance!
Finally, there's the record-breaking blockbuster, Avatar
. Even though none of the plethora of waterfalls on Pandora directly resemble any particular waterfall we've seen, we can imagine some of the wider waterfalls were reminiscent of parts of Iguazu Falls
while the waterfalls plunging off the floating islands somehow resembled those coming off the tepuis in Canaima National Park
. There were certainly no shortage of scenes with waterfalls in that movie, and perhaps it came as no coincidence that James Cameron uncompromisingly pulled no punches with the underlying environmental theme! That correlation between waterfalls and a healthy environment may have a familiar ring to it
if you've been following this website.
Indeed, Hollywood is attracted to waterfalls and I guess that also makes them waterfallers!
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