Wonderful, gentle and very funny (by Too-Tall-for-the-Desert)
I loved the first series and was over the moon when I heard that these comedy legends were getting together again.They work so well together and in my opinion bring out the best in each other. The fact that they play a slightly altered version of themselves is so clever and so believable that I'm certain some viewers will be entirely taken in by some of the racier elements of the story. In fact I'm sure both actors will have had some quite serious discussions with their families to set the record straight.Loved the scenery, the real sense of Italy, the fabulous foods and above all the <more>
hilarious back-and-forth between Rob and Steve.Can't wait for the next series!
I find myself wondering if I have ever enjoyed a film more than this. After spending the first part of the film questioning the degree of reality, I soon got lost in the pure delight of watching two brilliant performers flexing their creative muscles.This is truly a mix of intellectual study and silly perspective. Coogan and Brydon not only regale the audience with Byron and Shelly, they describe the history of those poets while visiting their former stomping grounds.The editing, photography and direction are all pitch perfect. I only wish I could have seen it in a theater.In short, The Trip <more>
to Italy will prove to be one of the most enjoyable film experiences you have. Don't listen to anyone who says otherwise. I'm still not sure what kind of film it is, except that it is an extremely effective and entertaining one.
Wonderful film that gets better every time I watch it. Touching, poignant and hilarious. Puzzled by spate of poor IMDb reviews but suspect that some Cougan fans might not be familiar with the persona he plays in this film: a self obsessed, angst ridden clinging to Hollywood star called Steve Cougan. Or maybe they just like Jason Statham movies, which this is not. I love the locations, the gentle but ridiculous plot twists around Brydon, the anecdotes of Byron and Shelley, chats on ageing, air of melancholia at the end of each episode and the hilarious attempts to out do each other on vocal <more>
imitations of stars of yesteryear. I loved The Trip and I love The Trip to Italy. Don't expect action, just sit back, indulge and enjoy.
If anybody is familiar with either of this pair, The Trip To Italy is really a must see series/film. The first instalment from these two, The Trip, which was set in the Lake District was initially a series & then released widely as a film. This new version is much of the same, and as the title suggests, yes you've guessed it, sees this clever duo wining & dining in some great Italian locations. The series is very easy to watch, clever, witty, and with superb impressions, but most of all the on screen chemistry this pair have is what makes the show. They bounce off each other <more>
perfectly, & in terms of great on screen pairings, they are right up there with some of the best. I honestly can't recommend this enough, i have scored it a nine, simply because i have only watched the opening two episodes, but if it carries on in the same form, it will be getting a big fat Ten !!Top Class Telly.
Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon reprise their roles as respectively "Steve Coogan" and "Rob Brydon" for the third time, following "Tristram Shandy: a Cock and Bull Story", and "The Trip": they play slightly caricatured versions of themselves, seeking constantly to one-up each other with their mastery of verbal dexterity and mimicry. "Coogan", the more successful actor, tries to keep "Brydon" in his place, and "Brydon" shows no willingness to stay there. Underneath all the banter, the two are given to insecurities and <more>
intimations of mortality. The scenery, the food, and the women are gorgeous, and the duo partake of it all: the arrival of "Coogan"'s PA, and his "son", bring the film and, one supposes, the series to a surprisingly relaxed and companionable close. Altogether, it's been a splendid journey.
I absolutely loved this movie. My wife absolutely loathed it. How can this be so? I thought Rob Bryden was fabulous. She thought he was a bore. She like Steve Coogan. I thought Steve was alright. My sense is that you will either love it or hate it. I think its a great format - a road movie about food with two guys who are actors, and like most actors they are utterly obsessed with themselves.... The food that they encounter along the way - well it would have been perhaps a better movie if we had found out more about it. It certainly looked brilliant. It would have been good to have found out <more>
more about the wine too.... And the lack of information may be the real failure of the movie. Nevertheless, this was a movie that brought out the belly laughs no pun intended .
Funny and frequently touching ball-busting between blokes on a lark for seconds. (by george.schmidt)
THE TRIP TO ITALY 2014 *** Filmmaker Michael Winterbottom reteams with comedy duo Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon in this sequel to the popular road trip flick this time in gloriously picturesque Italy frequenting the nation's cafes, restaurants and amazing food-porn while bickering, bantering and imitating the likes of Michael Caine and Hugh Grant unerringly with brio. While it feels like more of the same, the DynamicDuo manage to make the most of the week-long travelogue and navel gazing with brash wit in spite of some tacked on plot devices a fictional son for the uppity Coogan and an <more>
unlikely assignation for the amiable Brydon . Funny and frequently touching ball-busting between blokes on a lark for seconds.
The film opens with the reverse premise Rob is asked to do another gastronomic trip and asks Steve along . They book a mini and the Trip is on.We follow Steve and Rob as they get served food and try to plow through their lives as actors and comedians. They touch on a lot of subjects as one star seems to wane and one seems to rise.The comedy is soft and delivered with a deft touch and you can almost believe that the two are actually on the trip and they didn't see the cameras.I laughed all the way through and enjoyed this as much as the previous one, although I would like to see the <more>
longer TV Episodes.I also think it 'might' work better in an episodic format. I'll have to change the review if I am wrong!
Back on the road with Brydon & Coogan... (by DukeEman)
Over one of the many delicious meals, the duo discuss movie sequels and how Godfather 2 is always used as an example as an improvement over the original. Well, the same can be said about The Trip To Italy, a slight improvement over The Trip 2010 . Maybe it's the picturesque backdrop, or maybe we know what wonderful verbal diarrhea to expect from the duo, and maybe it's the slight detail to the food being prepared. Whatever it is, it all falls into place with a very thin plot line that keeps it strung together for those who want a storyline in their movies.The versatile director, <more>
Michael Winterbottom, does his usual magical observational style as we plod along with the zany duo through the many amazing Italian landscapes and succulent food, as well as conquering the beauty of the opposite sex. But it's the constant raving of the manic Brydon that either annoys or entertains you. Like Coogan, we either roll our eyes or go along with Brydon's buzzing lips. Ultimately, it's all about friendship and how far we set our boundaries with those around us. With this duo, there seems to be no boundaries beside a sexual one which they do playfully discuss , and amongst all the humorous chatter and ego stroking with tongue firmly placed in cheek, there is that very underlying emotional depth and human vulnerability that Winterbottom keeps perfectly under the radar.