If 2010's "The Trip" seemed like an unlikely comedy success, the notion of a more-of-the-same sequel seems just as unlikely. And yet it works.
If 2010’s “The Trip” seemed like an unlikely comedy success, the notion of a more-of-the-same sequel seems just as unlikely. And yet it works.
Like its predecessor, “A Trip to Italy” is an edited-down version of a BBC series following British comedic actors Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon (playing fictionalized versions of themselves) on a foodie vacation.
The second trip certainly ups the ante on the location. No offense to Northern England, but in terms of picturesque settings, you’ve got nothing on Italy.
And Coogan and Brydon are again brilliant. It’s hard to explain why watching the actors working out their competing impersonations of famous British actors doesn’t get old, but it doesn’t. The laughs are many and steady.
Their odd-couple dynamic makes for great comedic fodder, but Coogan and Brydon also sell some of the moments of drama unfolding in phonecalls back home. “Trip to Italy” is still thin on traditional plot, but those touches make the fake-real story feel more real-real.
A word of warning: Do not come to this movie if you’re hungry. The endless banter is peppered with endless food porn that made me yearn for a real trip to Italy (or at least Basi Italia).