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New Movie Review

"The Trip to Italy"

Comedy, Drama. Not Rated. 108 minutes.

Photo by Ciro Meggiolaro - © Ciro Meggiolaro, Courtesy of Sundance Institute

Still of Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan in The Trip to Italy (2014)

 

by Pete Bublitz
petblitz@yahoo.com

 

"(Space 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

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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.

Highlights:

1. "Gregory? Peck!"
2. "I've got the squids." hassle.
3. Brydon's trapped in a box rendition.
4. The The Godfather Part II reenactment.
5. Yolanda.
6. Being able to keep up with the entire range of voice impressions.
7. Once again, Italy.
8. The lighting choice.

Lowlights:

1. Brydon getting carried away in certain settings.
2. Finding every one of those recipes would be a hassle.

OVERALL RATING: 4 / 5

 


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Movie poster credit: IFC Films

"The Trip to Italy" movie poster

 

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