“The Trip” is a TRIP!

July 2, 2011 5 Comments

The buddy-road movie just got better with Michael Winterbottom’s  latest contribution..The Trip…..a wonderful meander through the British countryside with comedian/companion/rivals Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon sampling their way through upscale restaurant fare(that’s the “assignment”).  The meals seems to bring out their impressions–not just of the food–but a (?)friendly battle of impressions of Michael Caine (The Michael Caine-off is hysterical), Anthony Hopkins, Al Pacino, Woody Allen all served up with a flair that is delightful and very funny.  The film is actually a condensation of a six hour BBC television miniseries, so we only get a taste of the full experience.  Winterbottom’s seemingly light subject is garnished tastefully with underlying themes of  disappointment and angst, mortality and  infidelity. These added ingredients  infuse the humor with a subtle sense of sadness that enhances the comedic flavor without overwhelming it.  (of course the puns are intended)  A Ben Stiller dream cameo sequence  compliments the historical turns(via Coleridge and Wordsworth of course)….Coogan and Brydon time their entrees perfectly with a dry/wry wit that leaves us wanting more.  I don’t want to fill you up with too many tidbits about this tasty film….The Trip is not yet here on the big screen, but can be sampled “On Demand” via Comcast….Bon Appetit!!!!!    by Jolyn Wagner

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5 Comments to ““The Trip” is a TRIP!”
  1. Dave Lundin says:

    Great review, Jolyn, but I’m hopelessly biased. This is the funniest, wittiest, most sophisticated verbal gymnastics film I have seen in a long time. British humor is so dry and understated, yet at times broad and laugh-out-loud. The banter just keeps going on and on, getting funnier and funnier, with one trying to outdo the other and succeeding, probing at their deepest vulnerabilities. It is made richer because both these men know their British literature inside and out, quoting poetry liberally to great effect. Don’t miss this unique and rich film, with as Jolyn says, undercurrents of mortality and human connection or lack thereof.

  2. Kendra says:

    Love British Humour! It premieres at the Main Art Theater this Fri, July 8th. I enjoyed reading Ebert’s and the NYTimes review as well.

    Anyone want to join our group, please let me know.

  3. jwwmo4 says:

    Great comments….the film ends quite abruptly(which may be a result of the downsizing editing)…is this satisfying and consistent with the tone? Or like leaving without dessert?..Jolyn

  4. Bruce Russell says:

    Last night I saw The Trip on the big screen at The Main. I didn’t like it as much as Dave and Jolyn, and didn’t laugh as much as the audience (who were probably all Brits visiting their favorite tourist destination, Royal Oak). Afterwards, I found on the internet reviews that said that some of the humor misfired, that it was too long and should be cut by 20 minutes (even though it is only 90 minutes long!), and that the ending was too abrupt. The parts I liked weren’t so funny: Coogan saying that he was picking up momentum because he was going down hill, his failure to establish close and lasting relationships, his mock eulogy of Brydon whom he says was lost but used his impersonations to cover it up (projection?), his arrival home to an empty apartment with a coffee cup with a skull on it, and the abrupt ending. And was there really a tribute to Coleridge and Wordsworth in the film? Mostly they talked about Coleridge’s addiction to opium and used what little poetry they quoted to practice their deliveries. The impersonations were good, and many can be seen on YouTube (though I got a virus visiting them!) As Bobby McFerrin used to sing, “Don’t worry. Be happy!”

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  5. jwwmo4 says:

    I wonder if those who thought that the Trip they took with “The Trip” was too long (reminds me of “Mom, are we THERE yet”?) made it through the development of the universe (in Real Time or so it sometimes seemed) required in “Tree of Life”….I thought it had a very interesting layering of humor and sadness which made it engaging despite the British standoffishness…it’s interesting that a film condensed from a 6 hour miniseries should seem both tooo long and abruptly ended…more or less…is that the question? …I agree that the humor is never just for laughs which creates a complex feeling that doesn’t bring the same relief that more straightforward comedy does….theres sadness in almost every chuckle….no wonder they ate so much…Jolyn

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