A couple of years on from their trip through Northern England, the Observer newspaper have decided to send Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon on another foodie adventure, this time through Italy following the footsteps of great Romantic poets such as Blake as Coleridge. Much like The Trip, The Trip to Italy is less about the food and more about the men and what is going on in their lives at the time. Coogan is more comfortable in his skin here, content with his life, while Brydon is the one aching for something more.
The Trip to Italy has even more impersonations and impressions, ensuring that you’re never too long between laughs. The men have upped their comedic games with Christian Bale, Tom Hardy, Robert De Niro and Roger Moore among the range of actors to be covered. These two are great to watch together and have fantastic comedic timing. Their love-hate relationship creates some great debates and the dialogue (which you have to assume contains a lot of improvisation) is packed with fantastic zingers. Oh how I wish I could insult someone in that way.
Italy is stunning and I enjoyed escaping to the beautiful landscapes, gorgeous seashores and mouth-watering restaurants. I only wish that there had been more of the food. However there was a character development in the film which really didn’t ring true for me. This development and the subsequent actions of this character seemed to go against everything we knew about him. I’m not saying people can’t change, but the change (as it played out) wasn’t believable here. I also think the film lingered for a little too long, although I didn’t mind the moments of reflection which involved characters staring at the gorgeous scenery. Can I go to Italy now?
The Trip to Italy is written & directed by Michael Winterbottom and stars Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon. The film is released in Australia & New Zealand on May 29