The Trip To Italy (2014)
Critic Consensus: While perhaps not quite as fresh as Coogan and Brydon's original voyage in The Trip, The Trip to Italy still proves a thoroughly agreeable sequel.
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Critic Reviews for The Trip To Italy
This hedonistic japery is shot through with middle-aged melancholy and the fear of death.
If it's your cup of tea, you're likely to spill it from laughing so hard. Somebody send these two on another holiday.
It's that melancholy within each man that saves the film from disposability.
By the time Coogan is addressing Brydon as Yorick in a skull-filled catacomb outside Naples, the film's true subject has been made as crystal clear as the case surrounding a lava-crusted corpse in old Pompeii.
The Trip to Italy doesn't feel entirely new, but there's comfort in familiarity, too.
Where comedy provides the tonic in so many films, it's the hint of reality that pushes in at the edges and changes the pace here. These guys are funny. But they know their longer trip will continue once the last plate of pasta is empty.
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I have not seen their first film, The Trip. I just jumped straight into their tour of Italy. Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon are semi-fictionalized versions of themselves, but it took me awhile to realize that they were fictionalizing things at all. There are actors playing their family members, personal assistants/agents, and staff at the hotels. The two frenemies spend much time chatting about Alanis Morissette and The Godfather films. One of the best scenes is a dream sequence recreation of a famous Italian set scene from The Godfather, Part II. Otherwise, they cruise around in a tiny sports car and dine at fancy restaurants retracing the path of the poet Byron's exile trek through the boot in the Mediterranean.
The Trip to Italy is more of the same. Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon are a funny comedy team. Their dueling Michael Caines were a standout in the original. This time however the shtick comes across as a bit desperate. The movie has barely begun and they're already going back that well again. "You were only supposed to blow the bloody doors off!" Steve Coogan shout at the top of his lungs. The obvious Caine quote from 1969's The Italian Job. Then the pair discuss The Dark Knight Rises and who is less understandable - Tom Hardy as Bane or Christian Bale as Batman. Do you like the impressions? Then I have very good news for you - a whole slew of celebrities are mimicked: Clint Eastwood, Sean Connery, Richard Burton, Anthony Hopkins, Hugh Grant, Dustin Hoffman, Truman Capote, Gore Vidal, Humphrey Bogart. Some are good (Woody Allen). Others are just awful (Al Pacino). Perhaps that was the point. Most of these are done by Brydon who once again plays the irritant to Coogan's agitated fellow. So how do you say déjà vu in Italian? fastfilmreviews.com
The viewer may already be familiar with the concept of comedians Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon being this generation's Hope and Crosby when they toured and ate their way across England in "The Trip." Thankfully, that familiarity has not led to contempt(although it does mention the movie of the same title), just enjoyment as this time they tour Italy where it is Brydon who has the job offer and the dalliance with a younger woman while Coogan's show has just ended which is probably for the best. They discuss a wide range of topics from mortality to Alanis Morissette, all the while chasing the ghosts of Byron and Shelley in a Mini Cooper with the spectacular Italian scenery as a backdrop and being fueled by great looking food.(At last, I finally understand the concept of food porn.) The question Brydon and Coogan ask is whether or not they will be remembered in 200 years which is impossible to gauge. But their referencing all manner of classic films provides hope for long memories. In any case, it appears that the "Beat the Devil" story is true.
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