“the trip (2010)” film review

The Trip is a road comedy starring British comedians Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon. Prior to watching this, I had no idea who Rob Brydon was, but I will say that his portrayal in this film has given me some curiosity of previous works he may have done in the past. Steve Coogan, on the other hand, I’ve seen popping up in various films throughout the years, most recently Tropic Thunder.

I started giving a brief background of who these guys are because the film is a fictional account of their real lives. The script is largely improvised. And that’s sorta where it caught my attention. I think it was also recommended to me for my liking of the film My Dinner With Andre. However, I found a bit more similarities with Sideways. So basically, I guess this film is a foodie version of both films.

The Trip is about Steve and Rob driving around England for a week trying out different restaurants and tasting their foods. In the story, Steve was supposed to take his American girlfriend but she decided not to go, and Rob was the only one available to accompany Steve at the last minute. It’s a choice he at times seems to regret, as he tends to keep doing impressions of various actors. This is actually another hook that got me interested in seeing this once I saw a clip of the two of them doing a proper Michael Caine impression. In my opinion, I think that might have been my favorite… until they started riffing on the idea of “leaving at daybreak” and when that was exactly. Okay, I think I liked that scene the most.

Again, most if not all of this was improvised. I at times wondered what the point of this film was, but watching these two play off of each other commenting on how good or bad the food was or acting methods or drugs of choice. They even had a few singing sessions which I thought were pretty awesome.

As funny as this movie got, it had some dry and dramatic parts I wasn’t really expecting. Apparently this movie is based on the series Steve and Rob did earlier, and is also somewhat of a sequel of A Cock and Bull Story, which I’ve also never heard of but I’m willing to check out. But as it stands, I don’t have a huge interest in owning this one. I don’t mind watching it again just for the really funny scenes I enjoyed, but other than that, it’s good for a movie night if you’re looking to relax to, or cleanse your pallet from a dense and/or dark movie you watched earlier.

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