The Trip to Italy (2014) [Netflix review]

the trip to italy

“The Trip to Italy” is the sequel to the 2010 film “The Trip.” Like its predecessor, this film follows British comedians Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon playing versions of themselves as they take a road trip on which they do restaurant reviews. But this time around, the location is Italy.

I had the good fortune of seeing the original in theaters. You can read my review of it here: https://johnjamesdamico.wordpress.com/2011/07/29/the-trip-movie-review/

As was the case with the original, the chemistry between Coogan and Brydon really makes this film. Their banter got a lot of laughs from me. And their impressions are really on-point. The best one by far was Coogan’s impression of Robert De Niro from about half-way through the film.

This scene showcases their banter pretty well:

To my surprise, this film is very well-shot, especially for something like this. It’s not necessarily the kind of thing that you would expect from a simple comedy film, but director Michael Winterbottom went out of his way to include some really nice-looking shots of Italy. See below:

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The film has a runtime of 1 hour and 48 minutes. I think that Winterbottom could have benefitted from trimming the movie down to 90 minutes at most. The film’s pacing can be slow at times and I think Winterbottom could have told the same story in a movie that was just a bit shorter.

But overall, I recommend that you check this movie out, especially if you enjoyed the original (although, it’s not at all necessary to see the original first).

But if you’re still not sure at this point if this is a film you’d enjoy, feel free to check out the trailer here:

You can watch “The Trip to Italy” now on Netflix streaming: http://www.netflix.com/WiMovie/70297797?trkid=13462047

The original is also available on Netflix streaming: http://www.netflix.com/WiMovie/70154139?trkid=13752289

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