Tuesday, September 2, 2014

2014 - THE TRIP TO ITALY is more of the Trip except it's in Italy

This is a sequel/remake of The Trip with the exact same setup as the first film.  A couple of comedians played by Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon play a couple of comedians named Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon.  Like the first film they are on a tour of Italy dining in some very scenic and  fancy restaurants in order to write reviews for a British newspaper. 

This film looks to be basically improvised by the two comedians with some story structure about their grappling with middle age and their relationships with their families.  But really the film is about these two pretty funny guys doing imitations of famous British and American actors and basically trying to top each other in the shtick department.

The Trip to Italy is probably what passes for a fairly sophisticated comedy these days although it's mighty silly at times.  Coogan and Brydon know what their audience wants to see, pretty pictures and silly voices.  The result is an entertaining film which at times has some genuine wit when you cut through all the Al Pacino and Michael Caine impressions.

This is a film you have to actually listen to.  It's an end of summer film that doesn't contain Godzilla smashing strange monsters or Captain America fighting evil comic book villains.  An enjoyable film however I sure wouldn't want to be sitting next to these two guys in a restaurant listening to their shenanigans while I am trying to eat.

108 minutes

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