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The Trip
Reviewed by
Chris Tyler
on
The Trip Review. When the director remembers that its meant to be a movie and tries to inject some plot into the whole thing.
Rating:
3.5

Feature 7.0
Video 7.0
Audio 7.0
Special Features 5.0
Total 7.0

Distributor: Madman
Running Time: 154 Minutes
Reviewer: Chris Tyler
Classification
: MA15+

7.0


The Trip

Two middle aged men on a trip around Englandís finest restaurants while one of them goes through a midlife crisis, cut down to a film from a five part series...oooh where do I sign up?

It helps if the two men in question are two of Englandís finest comedians.  They are allowed to adlib as much as they want and that they are playing caricatures of themselves.

Thatís The Trip, a restaurant journey around Englandís north. This is a strange movie, filmed and presented like a documentary; itís really an exercise in improvised comedy (although the food looks real and quite nice). Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan spend most of The Trip bickering, insulting each other, trying to outdo each other and generally being mean. This is where the magic is. Their dueling Michael  Cainís are a thing to behold. Their spontaneous version of ďThe Winner Takes it AllĒ by Abba had me on the floor. There is nothing really new explored here though.  You do get a little beaten around the head by the juxtaposition between Coogan and Brydon. Coogan has had more success in his career but lives an empty life devoid of love, bouncing from one eastern European waitress to the next where as Brydon has moderate success but has a loving family and perfect home life. And this is where the film falls down.  When the director remembers that its meant to be a movie and tries to inject some plot into the whole thing. Unnecessary and slowing this grinds the pace back and even though the end might be poignant I would have happily sat through another half hour of Brydon and Coogan critiquing each otherís Alec Guinness impersonation than what we got.

Yes itís slow and not groundbreaking but the chemistry between Coogan and Brydon is such that it works.  The moments where itís just them is comedy gold.

Special Features: Deleted scenes with Rob and Steve.  The reality is that this should have been the film and all that tedious plot should have been ditched. Other than that, not much going on. 

Video: The Blu-Ray video quality is excellent.

Audio: Itís mostly people talking, sounds fine.






 
 



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