Perhaps I'm missing something, but this is a trip I'd rather not've taken. Before you force yourself to sit through the second and final 55-minute stretch, expecting the film to redeem itself, be warned: it doesn't. The latter half is just more of the same as the first. If you've followed these comedians' careers and want a closer glimpse of them you may enjoy this, but I prefer them in scripted or standup settings.
Everything has been done before, the most you can do is to do it better. That is what this buddy trip film is attempting to do. The early conversations between our 2 characters are entertaining and intelligent with the hilarious impersonations, but unfortunately it slowly falls into a slow dribble that goes almost nowhere. The juxtaposition of the the hard working chiefs and the sluggard Coogan is painful to view
De. Light. Ful. I wasn't fully prepared for how much was going on underneath the surface. I loved the idea of just a bunch of travelling goofs, but the personal tensions really make this something special. I'd love to write more, but I must be off to bed. We rise at 9:30 on the dot.
I can understand the appeal as the film do have some charm and a great premise of two friends going on a trip to make a food citique. At first it has a great "reality TV" aspect to it and that feel is deepened with how the actors improvise things on the spot, but sadly it ends up mostly being a film about the two of them doing impressions and nagging at each other. Maybe it worked better in it's TV series format?
Finally I found a movie I really loved on Mubi! It was so playful and whimsical. Very funny. The scenery was idyllic. The food looked great, although how many scallops can a person eat?! I do wish there was more detailed description of the taste, scent and texture of the food, although I understand that wasn't their thing. I'm looking forward to the next Winterbottom film.
There has long been a tendency in the United States to speak in un-ironic hyperbole, especially when reviewing things. It has gotten worse lately, so that everything is either the greatest thing ever, it totally sucks. For that reason, when I say that this movie was perfectly fine (and not fiiiine), it may come across as derogatory or be read as an negative review. It is not. It was fine. That's it, and that's OK.
(3.5 stars) Coogan and Brydon discuss life, career and relationships as they banter continuously and fill their conversations with jokes, insults and sarcasm. The movie is more about relationships and character than plot and as such it can drag in spots. But in general, this is a delightfully funny film that touches on some topics that we can all relate to. A perfect example of British dry wit.
Light, clever, and endlessly quick witted. The Trip is a film starting with a modest premise, to highlight an odd couple and have them match wits. Having two actors play heightened versions of themselves and overlay them in beautiful scenery. The film wanders without too much purpose from situation to situation. What is remarkable about the film is the humor is far more natural than other films, genuine, never forced
Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon play themselves in this loosely plotted comedy-drama about two entertainers road tripping around England, seeing sights and eating luxurious food at expensive restaurants. There isn't much of a story to grab on to in this, so the main focus of the film quickly becomes the chemistry between the two actors. Me and my brother both found this thoroughly to be a entertaining watch.