#REVIEW: “THE TRIP TO ITALY”
Fans of 2010’s The Trip will rejoice about The Trip to Italy, likewise an edited Film version of Michael Winterbottom‘s acclaimed British TV Series starring Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon. We catch up with the famous Friends as they head on a roadtrip which takes them from Liguaria to Naples to Rome and ultimately the captivating Capri, where Coogan‘s on-screen Son Joe (Timothy Leach) joins the two. Like before, the Duo play a semi-fictionalized version of themselves.
What makes The Trip to Italy so refreshing are three things. One: the sheer brilliance of Coogan and Brydon‘s improvisational ability. You will find yourselves laughing helplessly especially at their impersonation of Hollywood Heavyweights like Humphrey Bogart, Marlon Brando and even Robert DeNiro. Brydon in particular delivers comedic excellence when alone having dialogues with himself as other characters. The second thing of course, is the dynamic Cinematography by James Clarke. Italy becomes a third Character, not simply a backdrop to this wit-filled journey aboard a Mini Cooper. A little hint: Alanis Morissette provides a bit of Canadian connection here. How? You’ll have to watch and find out. Thirdly, the FOOD is undeniable. It is impossible not to be seduced by the sensual flashes Ravioli and Fruits of the Mediterranean Sea. You will be googling your nearest Italian Restaurant before you even make it out the Theatre Door. This is not a joke. I repeat, this is not a joke.
Beyond the comedy and scenery, The Trip to Italy explores the psyches fearlessly of Coogan and Brydon, both approaching their middle age. We get a good look at their deepest insecurities, whether it be appearances, infidelity, families or their careers and the struggles are real at beneath the humour these is an authenticity there. Those who love the smart realism of Richard Linklater’s Before Trilogy, will find much to connect with in The Trip to Italy. We can’t wait to see where their friendship takes these two next. A hidden gem.
eOne Films release The Trip to Italy on Friday, August 15, 2014 in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver.