"The Trip to Italy"
Drama. Not Rated. 108 minutes.
by Ciro Meggiolaro - © Ciro Meggiolaro, Courtesy
of Sundance Institute
of Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan in The Trip to Italy
reserved for reflective quote concerning life in
relation to the general landscapes of Italy that
comes to mind upon seeing this film)."
- Person or Entity that said it
The pairing of Steve
Coogan and Rob Brydon in their sequel to The Trip (2010)
suggested a standard buddies-on-the-run romp where everything
goes wrong yet is resolved in the end. After all I hadn't seen
the original prior to this screening. Instead, it's an itinerary-driven
road trip where the boiling points are in the kitchens of every
restaurant they stop at. Yes, underlying tension exists via Coogan's
stare and grimace while Brydon's voice work runs amok. And evolving
drama still lingers with a lovely shiphand, career options and
strenuous phone contact. But it all amounts to verbal tennis bouts
about movies, Alanis Morissette, Lord Byron, life, Italy, and
all within it.
Edited together from
"The Trip" show's season (or is it series?)
2, the duo play themselves amid fictitious supporting characters
and relationship predicaments, yet it's all displayed with the
intended mood of a reality program. A mood fortunately secondary
to the nostalgia given by the natural lighting of Italy, its landscapes
and its landmarks. The memories of a decade-gone trip came roaring
back, but I knew the Italy onscreen was one not experienced. But
no use describing that aspect of the film. It just needs to be
seen and absorbed.
The soul of the movie,
however, is the two actors undergoing major life transition as
they muck about the countryside, leaving us as silent passengers.
We realize that each maintains a daily routine always changed
by new opportunity and concerning predicament, even if Brydon's
Hollywood role turns out to be fictitious. And once they get going,
we're all victim to the improve that goes, with neither Hugh Grant,
Christian Bale, nor even a deceased Marlon Brando (amongst many
others) being secure from such dialogue randomness. In the end,
The Trip to Italy works the emotions well through portrayed
human friendship and companionship in all its glorious mix of
ridiculousness and reflectiveness.
2. "I've got the squids." hassle.
3. Brydon's trapped in a box rendition.
4. The The Godfather Part II reenactment.
6. Being able to keep up with the entire range of voice
7. Once again, Italy.
8. The lighting choice.
1. Brydon getting carried away in certain
2. Finding every one of those recipes would be a hassle.
4 / 5
the official movie trailer:
poster credit: IFC Films
Trip to Italy" movie poster