Universal Pictures has released the trailer for their fall romantic comedy set in Bali. The film stars George Clooney and Julia Roberts, as well as Kaitlyn Denver and a host of Indonesian stars too. The trailer has been well-received online and is set to be one of the biggest films this fall.
Ticket To Paradise tells the story of a divorced couple who are on a mission to prevent their daughter from making the same mistakes they did in their youth by marrying so young. The movie sees Julia Roberts and George Clooney star alongside each other for the fourth time as an on-screen pairing much loved by international audiences.
They have previously starred alongside each other in Ocean’s Eleven, Oceans Twelve, and more recently Money Monster in 2016.
Clooney and Roberts are playing the parents of Lily, played by Kaitlyn Denver, who falls in love with a Balinese man during her post-graduation trip to the Island of the Gods. The trailer teases a potential reconciliation of the couple who try their best to put their bickering aside in order to save their daughter.
In true rom-com style, there is an epic soundtrack featuring Dua Lipa, plenty of witty one-liners and a life altering change of heart.
The trailer gives off much the same vibe as a musical blockbuster Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again. Ticket to Paradise is directed and written by Ol Parker, the mastermind behind Mamma Mia and much loved, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. He was also the writer of the 2012 hit Now Is Good. The screenplay has been written by Ol Parker and Daniel Pipski who also worked on the Sean Penn’s hit Milk and the 2020 film released on Hulu, A Teacher.
The trailer has been met with much excitement online and the film is set to be released in theatres on the 21st of October 2022. There have been some observations made about the film in the comments sections, however. Some have observed how the sets used for the film aren’t necessarily in Bali. This is true, much of the film was filmed in Queensland, Australia.
Reports online suggest that the film was initially going to be filmed in Bali but due to Covid-19 restrictions the shoot had to be moved to locations on the Gold Coast, the Whitsundays, and Brisbane last year. According to IMDB, there was a Bali-based unit which suggests that although the majority of sets are based in Australia, there was a crew based in Bali to ensure authenticity.
Other commentators online have pointed out that Lily’s Balinese fiancé is not Balinese. The role of ‘fiance’, whose name is not yet listed on IMDB, is played by Maxime Bouttier. He is an Indonesian actor, model, and director who was born in Poitiers in France
The shoot locations and castings may be considered somewhat incidental in the long run as the film showcases Bali as a destination for weddings, backpacking adventures, and a place to find love in unexpected ways.
The 2010 smash hit film, based on the book of the same name, Eat, Pray, Love, catapulted Bali into the psyche of travelers looking for a spiritual adventure. The film has been responsible for millions of dollars worth of tourism revenue for the island and it is hoped that Ticket To Paradise can catalyze a similar effect.
Both Eat, Pray, Love, and Ticket to Paradise see Julia Roberts take a starring role and Bali appears to have a special place in the Oscar-winning actress. Over 12 years on, the island continues to welcome travelers seeking their very own Eat, Pray, Love experience.
Tour operators offer to Eat, Pray, Love day tours where tourists can visit the famous Tirta Empul Temple for a water blessing just as Julia Robert’s character, Elizabeth, did in the film.
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