This movie is the sequel to the 2010 movie, ‘The Trip’. Both movies star, as themselves, Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon, and both are directed by Michael Winterbottom.
It follows two Englishmen as they travel around several places in Italy: Liguria, Tuscany, Rome, Amalfi and Capri, writing ‘restaurant reviews’ for ‘The Observer’ newspaper. The hotels they stay in, the restaurants they eat in and the places they visit will have you green with envy! The scenery is exquisite and was the highlight of the film for us. The preparation and presentation of the food will impress anyone who enjoys good food. It is definitely a movie full of ‘culture’ and presents the finer things in life. There is a lot of mention, too, of Byron and Shelley, two poets, who were influenced by their time in Italy.
Both Steve and Rob were going through different stages in their family’s lives, but I felt this was ‘brushed over’ in the film and it made me feel as if there wasn’t a lot of depth to the story. At the end of the movie, you as the viewer, make up your own mind as to how things were resolved, which I found rather disappointing.
There were a lot of funny scenes, that almost seemed ‘impromptu’. The ‘impressions’ of other actors (Hugh Grant, Michael Caine, Dustin Hoffman to name a few) were very clever and mostly ‘spot on’, but the secret is knowing when to stop, and eventually we felt they were overdone and towards the end of the movie, it got a little boring.
I recommend that you see the first movie, “The Trip” (the same men travel around the Lake District in the UK, eating at restaurants and doing reviews for the same newspaper), before seeing this one. Your movie experience will be enhanced. This film will be one you will talk about a lot, as you leave! There is much that you can draw from it, and more and more meaning emerges, as the days go on. It is definitely not your usual ‘mainstream’ movie. Younger viewers will probably not get anything out of this and will ask to leave the whole way through it, but it will certainly appeal to older viewers, from all walks of life!