This looks like it could be fun. A little road trip film through Spain. A taste of the culture, a taste of the food, probably a nice mini vacation in the movies. Thing is, and I just looked this up, this is apparently based on a TV show? For the life of me, I can’t find what show this was based on. If I were to hazard a guess, it’s not an episodic TV show with characters and plot, but rather these two comedians running around playing up their impressions. But what do I know? It looks enjoyable though.
Oh! Just figured it out. I don’t know where I saw “TV show,” but it’s a sequel to films THE TRIP TO ITALY (2014), and THE TRIP (2010). The more you know, I guess.
Oh! Okay, it’s both! There’s the aforementioned films and a TV show called THE TRIP, which ran for three seasons from 2010 to 2017 (to my understanding). Probably repeatedly canceled and brought back. I don’t know. SOMEONE EDUCATE ME ON THIS!!!
Here’s the cast. Starring as themselves, we have Steve Coogan (DESPICABLE ME 3 , OUR IDIOT BROTHER , and TROPIC THUNDER ) and Rob Brydon (THE HUNTSMAN: WINTER’S WAR , CINDERELLA , and the upcoming comedy HOLMES AND WATSON ).
Now for the crew. Directing, we have Michael Winterbottom, known for THE FACE OF AN ANGEL (2014) and A MIGHTY HEART (2007). There is no screenwriter, so I can only assume this movie is improv, and there’s also no composer, so… no score. But there is obviously a cinematographer, and that would be James Clarke, who is making is feature film debut. Congrats, sir.
Overall, I’d say this could be interesting. I don’t think I’ve seen a movie completely without a script. I’m curious to see what will come of it.
This is my honest opinion of: THE TRIP TO SPAIN
Actor Steve Coogan drags fellow actor and friend Rob Bryden to Spain to enjoy food and culture, and each other’s company doing impressions of famous celebrities.
This may be a pretty short review because this isn’t exactly a high-art story. To be honest, it’s basically just about two guys hanging out. But that’s not a bad thing. Coogan and Bryden are entertaining enough with their impressions to warrant the sitting, that is, if you know what you’re getting yourself into.
I will probably tell you that if you’re anything like me and you’re not in any way familiar with the whole “The Trip” story that these two actors have created, it’s probably best to get familiar. I say this because I really didn’t know if Coogan and Bryden were playing themselves, or fictionalized versions of themselves. Pretty positive they were playing fictionalizations of themselves because I’m pretty sure their respective spouses and children aren’t really theirs. So yeah, because of this confusion, it’s hard for me to get a clear grasp of what’s being played up for real laughs and what’s being built up as fake drama. It either didn’t blend well at all, or it blended almost too well together.
To be fair, if you’re able to get past the drama that’s never really developed, you can probably lose yourself in their chemistry, which is really where this movie shines. Coogan and Brydon are funny. There is a relationship between them that can easily remind you have your own best friend and what kind of idiots you can make of yourselves when you’re in each other’s company. In this case, I can especially get into their impressions and movie talk. Although I think they do their Mick Jagger impersonations too many times. But other than that, I love their John Hurt bit, the Sean Connery bit went on a little too long, but overall, I enjoyed the flick well enough.
It’s not a documentary, and I’m not sure how much of it is actual fiction. Whatever story it does try to have, much of it is unresolved and goes nowhere, like anything involving Coogan’s former agent, or whatever, and that same agent contacting Brydon instead. There’s a subplot involving Coogan’s son and his girlfriend getting pregnant that gets shoehorned in well after the halfway mark, and is resolved just as quickly as it’s introduced. But if you can get past the story that doesn’t really work, and I understand if you can’t, I think it’s a pretty likable movie to sit through. Is it worth a price of admission, I’d probably say no. Even a matinee price is kind of pushing it for what little you really get. But I definitely think it’s worth a rental. Pretty sure it’s leaving theaters soon, so keep an eye out for it on Netflix, or Redbox, or whatever your choice of movie poison is and give it a watch. Just don’t have the highest expectations.
My honest rating for THE TRIP TO SPAIN: a strong 3/5