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By Jayne Waterford
Copyrighted © Jayne Waterford, 2014 REvised 2nd January 2015
REVIEW: "THE TRIP TO ITALY" by Jayne Waterford

Two men go to Italy to eat. All the while they entertain themselves with impressions. They are actor Steven Coogan (Steve "Cousin to Alfred Molina") and comedian, the small-man-in-a-box-er-book himself, Rob Brydon (Rob Brydon).

In Michael Winterbottom's "THE TRIP TO ITALY" (2013) the guys: ate, talked, socialised, ate, joked, ate, travelled, shared family conundrums ranging from a bored teenage son to a lack of appreciation at home and its quickest solution, ate, conversed. Coogan came off looking like the best guy this time. It was interesting that Brydon was at the centre of coordination on this trip as opposed to the Trip to the Lakes District before.

There was lots of Shelley, not much Mary and many thoughts of, "that soft bastard Latin, Which melts like kisses from a female mouth, And sounds as if it should be writ on satin." (George Gordon Lord Byron, quoted by Steve) Beautiful stuff.

At first their banter seemed a little rehearsed but once they were past Rome, they seemed to loosen up, laugh, get some acting out of actual dislike (a spicy counter-point) out the way and enjoy themselves. From that point I enjoyed myself enormously. Perhaps

they had run out of rehearsed material.

Nice touches. Steve's co-ordinator is a hormonal, 3 and-a-half month pregnant (Steve checked), confident. Everyone's happy. The awkwardness suffered in the presence of previous leavings was subtle and more like a blemish than an event.

And hasn't Rob Brydon been doing some manoeuvring?

The, "Thanks to," list was a jumble of incomprehensible names that I really would need to study to find. Have you considered an interactive map with snippets of scenes at each location on your website? I don't know much about food but that was very enjoyable. I liked it. 8/10

Copyrighted ©: Jayne Waterford, 2014.

Michael Winterbottom's

Director Michael Winterbottom
Producers Melissa Parmenter
Stars Rob Brydon (Rob Brydon), Marta Barrio (Yolanda), Steve Coogan (Steve), Rosie Fellner (Lucy), Claire Keelan (Emma)
Release Date 29th May 2014
Category Comedy
Running Time 108 minutes (1 hour, 48 minutes)
Rating M Coarse Language
Origin UK
Coda No

Official Blurb "THE TRIP TO ITALY is a semi-fictional improvised tour of Italy from director Michael Winterbottom (A MIGHTY HEART, 24HR PARTY PEOPLE) starring two of Britain’s bestloved comic
actors, Steve Coogan (PHILOMENA) and Rob Brydon (TRISTRAM SHANDY: A COCK AND BULL STORY).

In the long awaited follow-up to the smash hit comedy THE TRIP, Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon embark on a new culinary road trip around Italy in the summer, where they enjoy mouth watering meals in the gorgeous surroundings of Liguria, Tuscany, Rome, Amalfi and Capri. They riff on subjects as varied as Batman’s vocal register, Pompeii, the artistic merits of “Jagged Little Pill”, and, of course, compete on who can do the best Michael Caine impersonation." - MADMAN ENTERTAINMENT PR

Film still from Michael Winterbottom's "THE TRIP TO ITALY" (2013) at the Sydney Film Festival 2014.
© Trip Films LTD 2014
Film still from Michael Winterbottom's "THE TRIP TO ITALY" (2013) at the Sydney Film Festival 2014.
© Trip Films LTD 2014
Film still from Michael Winterbottom's "THE TRIP TO ITALY" (2013) at the Sydney Film Festival 2014.
© Trip Films LTD 2014