Four years after the first trip, Steve and Rob went on their second epicurean journey and this time, with more impressions from the duo alongside the beauty of Italy.
Exactly with the same premise but on different location, director Michael Winterbottom took us again on a journey of banters, impressions, and food upon the scenic Italy from Liguria to Capri.
Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon become the men of the show again but this time it is Rob who asked Steve to join this trip as commissioned again by The Observer.
Without further introduction, Steve and Rob ride upon the Mini Cooper, which is a really fine choice to resemble to experience of The Italian Job, and apart from Rob’s duty as the writer of this trip, the duo went also to pay homage to the Romantic poets on their Grand Tour trail in the past seeking for pleasure, knowledge, and also inspirations.
Not only that the film features again the competitiveness between these two to impress each other and the guests who accompanied them, but this time it’s Rob who is having his insecure period. Despite of that, there’s a particularly funny scene where he did a casting video of him doing impressions of Al Pacino to land him a role in the latest Michael Mann’s film.
The trip features great restaurants in Italy as well from the most elaborated one to local good restaurants with fantastic pasta and seafood. Check out these restaurants while you’re there, as sourced from swide.com!
However based on my POV, despite the visceral beauty of Italy and all that classy food, this film suffers from repetitiveness of its original predecessor. True, it’s fun to see the feud between Steve and Rob and their fantastic impressions skills, as well as Rob’s one and only “Man in the Box” voice, but it is simply not as good as the previous one. Especially if you’re talking about the human story as well there.
Despite these drawbacks, I pretty much still enjoy the movie and would really like to see the episode by episode of the TV series version starting from The Trip and now with the one in Italy.
So, if you’re a fan of good food and good laugh, which I bet all of you are, do not miss to see these films then. Live the la dolce vita with Steve and Rob!
THE TRIP TO ITALY(2014)
Drool Level: **** (gimme gimme!)
Director: Michael Winterbottom
Starring: Steve Coogan, Rob Brydon