Following from the success of The Trip (2010), Trip to Italy sees Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon paired up again for the Spectator, this time reviewing food and accommodation around Italy. The dynamic has changed between them, with Steve now seeming more settled and Rob more stir crazy, but there is still plenty of playing off each other, especially with impersonations.
I’ve only seen the film version of this, and don’t feel I need to race out to grab the series. I expect I will, they are very funny blokes. And the food. Oh, the food. Wow. Oh, and the views, and the hotels, and the places that I doubt I will ever be able to afford to stay in. Really wonderful.
Steve Coogan has been given a gig travelling the lake districts of England, staying in delightful hotels and eating marvellous food, and all he needs to do is write it up for the Observer. His young American girlfriend can’t make it, and so he invites his mate, fellow comedian Rob Brydon. The two of them have a gentle rivalry and spend much time trying to out-impersonate each other.
There is a lot for a viewer to enjoy about this film. I’m a huge fan of the humour of these guys together, especially when crafted into a cohesive story balancing the laughter with scenes of melancholy. Then there is the scenery, the beautiful places they stay and, of course, the food. Oh, the food.
The Trip can be watched as a six-part television series or has been cut down for a feature film.