Wednesday, December 28, 2011

The Trip - DVD Review


Starring Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon.
Directed by Michael Winterbottom.

I remember watching a clip from this movie four or five times about a year ago. The movie actually didn't hit US theaters until the summer, and now it's on DVD and Netflix Instant. The clip was of the two stars both doing their Michael Caine impression, and it was pretty funny.

If I'm understanding this right, the two actors did it as a six-episode series for BBC, but this is a two-hour edit-down for theatrical release. They play versions of themselves, two actors touring the countryside, reviewing restaurants for an article Streve will write. Steve is longing to get back to Hollywood movies, while Rob is perfectly happy with his career in British TV.

It's not much more than an excuse for the two to riff and play off each other, but that is enough. it made me laugh a few times, and there's a nice undercurrent of regret from Steve as he reflects on his career and where he wants to be in life, even as he digs at the annoying but content Rob. It's a trip worth taking.

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