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29th August
2014
written by Adam

Two friends/actors/entertainers from the UK (Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon) set out on Italian adventure to wine, dine, and write a review of their travels. Featuring the foods and settings of Liguria, Tuscany, Rome, Amalfi and Capri the two riff on the meaning of their own existence, literary and artistic influences, and the overall splendor of Italy. italytripLoosely written and directed by Michael Winterbottom, this quasi documentary/caricature/improv exercise is about the journey of life more than any one story in particular and comes across as a series of related scenes or snapshots inside the actors relationship but has no complete story arc per-say. But, where Trip to Italy excels, is the razor sharp wit, comedy, impersonations, and general fun of it’s two main characters, with dialogue so fast and interesting you almost need a pause button to catch everything; it’s ultimately the charisma and genuine nature of Coogan and Brydon that makes this gem stand out above the rest. The cinematic beauty of Italian cooking at it’s finest also comes across in colorful detail; full warning, if you go hungry to this film, plan on an expensive meal after, the palate is about to be tempted. Fun for the cinephiles of the world, matinee or full price, this 108 minute adventure makes for a sweet escape. The Trip to Italy is not yet rated.

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