Gentlemen to bed! For at daybreak I will breakfast!
Sire, sire! Tis a continental breakfast. Will only take twenty minutes max.
Take two impressionist, stand-up comedians, put them in a car together and send them on a food tasting trip across Europe and you get the film The Trip. The Trip is a funny yet oddly sad film. Most of the film consists of dialogue between the two main characters as they flex their impression skills and seem to try and verbally outwit one another.
Michael Caine was not in the film The Trip but without Mr. Caine, the film would have been about an hour shorter. The film’s main characters have the ability to impersonate many people but their favorite is obviously Michael Caine. The titular trip that main character Steve Coogan, playing himself, takes was originally supposed to be between Steve and his girlfriend Mischa (Margo Stilley). The trip is a result of Steve getting a job at a magazine to impress his girlfriend. With their relationship on the rocks, Steve does not want to waste the trip so he invites his friend Rob Brydon, also playing himself, and suddenly the romantic trip becomes a sarcastic trip between friends. The two travel across the country on a restaurant tour, trying exquisite food and examining their lives at the same time. While the majority of the film revolves around the witty banter between Steve and Rob during their dinners and car rides, it also took a serious look at being lost in life.
Steve and Rob balance each other out perfectly in this film. While Steve is in a quickly failing relationship, Rob is happily married. Steve needs to go on the trip to get away while Rob is going on the trip for fun and is missing his wife and life back home. The film is hilarious and most scenes are laugh-out-loud but Steve’s character in it is very depressing. Not working and with a failing relationship, Steve is somewhat lost in life. The trip offers a slight break or escape from his life but ultimately it only accentuates what is happening to Steve. The entire film is spent on the road, moving from hotel to hotel and restaurant to restaurant. In fact we don’t even see Steve’s house until the very end of the film. What is disconcerting is that Steve seems less at home in his house than any place he had visited during his trip.
This film was originally made to be a television show but was changed into a film and a very funny one at that. Watching two smart men try to one up each other using only impressions and wit leads to some very funny scenes. Though this film was funny it was also very strange. The characters were not really developed and their back stories were rushed and swept under the rug making the film feel muddled and disjointed. The Trip, a 6.5 out of 10, is certainly worth watching for the humor but as far as the rest of the story goes is nothing better than mediocre.