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Amiable, funny and sometimes insightful, The Trip works as both a showcase for the enduring chemistry between stars Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon and an unexpected perusal of men entering mid-life crises.
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The Trip is not about food; it's about friendship, one that will give you plenty to laugh - and think - about.
The Trip is a comedy about two guys going to fancy restaurants in the English countryside. Sounds hilarious, huh? Well, it actually is.
Fuelled by some inspired and very funny improvisations - their duelling Michael Caine impersonations are a scream - the film gradually settles into a meditation on mid-life malaise.
Much more than an appetizer, if not quite a main course, it definitely goes down a treat.
The pinch of pathos in this tart comedy makes the "The Trip" a transportive experience.
Think The Odd Couple with sartorial style and more bickering. Add hints of truisms about middle age, sex, family, mortality and the limits of friendship and The Trip reveals itself to be more than it initially appears.
Viewers feel like a fly on the wall -- or a third seat at the table -- listening to two witty, amusing men intent on one-upping each other.
A wry, touching and often funny study of friendship and fame. All in all, it's a beautifully judged and original piece of comedy.
Now, in a way, The Trip is terribly up to date. Now, in a way, The Trip is terribly up to date. The Trip harks back to when movies, still not far removed from vaudeville, showcased stars who were able to do acts...
The Trip will undoubtedly stand out as one of the best of the year.
Now knitted into a feature-length movie, the relationship between [Rob] Brydon and [Steve] Coogan-mostly just bickering-reveals itself with an easy, deft grace.
...a foodie movie and a travelogue that happens to be hosted by two amusing buffoons.
A funny and charming two-men mockumentary (of which most is improvised), edited from the BBC TV series and relying on a great chemistry between Coogan and Brydon - and it is almost impossible not to laugh hard at their hilarious impersonations and remarks on the food.
A wonderfully entertaining, charming and very smart road-trip comedy. A classic buddy comedy between these two friends who have some of the best chemistry and improvisation that i have ever seen. Their does not even need to be a script, just these two mad men talents going at it with character development, exotic locations, delicious dishes, brilliant impersonations and huge laughs. A flat-out funny movie that's a real good-time. A film about friendship and other adult conversations that just not include food but bout life, sex, children, relationships and careers. A beautifully crafted and superbly performed movie.
The Trip is akin to those "reality" TV programs shown on crime TV where they re-enact the crime in question; with the camera faithfully recording the occurrence. Here you have an entire film that on the surface seems spontaneous (especially given that there is no credit given to a screenwriter), and yet one can't help but realize that each and every bit of story and dialog is being shown to you on screen - meaning, of course, that there was a camera present at all times.
This then brings into question the credibility of the entire enterprise, but if you can get past the cinematic slight of hand, you end up with some very witty dialog and laugh out loud funny repartee (usually given in celebrity voices as both leads, Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon are gifted mimics).
But as these 40 something lads go joking their way through northern England, there is a melancholy undertow that is slowly revealed - making the coda of the film quite stirring and poignant. In the end you can reflect back on these two characters and how petty jealousy seems to ride shotgun in the Land Rover they use to get from one idyllic village to the next - and truly wonder if that jealousy is indeed petty or if Coogan's character realizes where he is in life and that all his victories thus far pale when compared to the solid family relationship of Brydon, who has what Coogan only subliminally acknowledges as his desire - to have the true love and support of a woman (even though he may be emotionally incapable of handling such a relationship). His return to an empty flat perfectly symbolizes the emptiness of his life at this juncture.
Pretty deep stuff for a "comedy" that on the surface is really about.... Well nothing much - and that's the beauty of it - revelation through the mundane. There is a scene towards the end of the film where Coogan and Byrdon visit Coogan's parents on the way back to London - when Dad asks which route Coogan is going to take, he then, upon hearing the route, shakes his head and says "that way will never do - there's too much in the way of roadblocks - better to retrace your path" - a metaphor for Coogan's life if ever there was one.
Winterbottom and Coogan team up again to tell a sort of true, sort of not story about England that will make you laugh and may make you cry, thanks mostly to its honesty and verisimilitude.
The premise is that Coogan is between jobs, wanting to make big, brilliant American movies, but being offered only TV series designed for washed up stars. Newly on a break from his much younger girlfriend, Coogan sets off to write a magazine article about the restaurants in England's northlands, and in a pinch to find a travel companion, calls old friend and Tristram Shandy co-star Rob Brydon. The men's friendship strains, as does Coogan's personal life and career, as they make their way from place to place, really doing little more than carrying on a conversation that ranges through all emotions. Compelling viewing, and most notable, perhaps, for the moment when Steve Coogan says he wants to work with auteurs; he and Winterbottom are already doing it.
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