Review of: The Trip to Italy

Rating 2.5

 

I am always very careful during my reviews to not spoil the movie by revealing too much of the plot. With The Trip to Italy I do not have to worry. There is barely enough plot to spread on a piece of bruschetta. But that is just fine because this film is a delightful Italian travelogue/comedic version of My Dinner with Andre(1981).

Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon in Camogli, Italy

The brilliant English comedians Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon essentially play themselves in a semi-fictionalized story about a week long trip through Italy. During this trip we are dazzled by gorgeous view of Liguria, Tuscany, Rome, Amalfi and Capri. And as Rob and Steve drive through Italy, eating at the best restaurants, they have a running dialog about all things silly and stupid.

They talk about the poets Byron, Keats, and Shelly. Rob: “Shelly wrote: To make one fall in love with death to be buried in such a beautiful place. Within a year he was dead. Steve: Be careful what you wish for.”

They talk about and do impressions of a host of other actors. Rob is particularly excellent at doing Al Pacino and Hugh Grant. Others examples of their skewing: Michael Caine, Christian Bale and, about Tom Hardy as the masked Bain The Dark Knight Rises: “we can hardy hear you”. On Humphrey Bogart: “He acts like he knows something no one else knows. Whereas I’m the opposite, I act as if everyone knows something I don’t.” On Clint Eastwood: “doesn’t always whisper, but when he talks normally he doesn’t move his jaw”. Pierce Brosnan: “sound like an effeminate Bono”.  They also talk about Anthony Hopkins, Sean Connery, Rodger Moore, Truman Capote, Gore Vidal, Dustin Hoffman, and Robert DeNero as Frankenstein. There is also a riff on the odd sounding fruit the kumquat: “Come Quat, it is time to leave”.

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I am not able to do comedic justice to this film in this review. It comes across as a very funny and relaxing drive through some of the best scenery in the world. Well worth your time.

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