Steve Coogan has been asked by The Observer to tour the country's finest restaurants, but after his girlfriend backs out on him he must take his best friend and source of eternal aggravation, Rob Brydon.
When famous DJ Alan Partridge's radio station is taken over by a new media conglomerate, it sets in motion a chain of events which see Alan having to work with the police to defuse a potentially violent siege.
Tommy Saxondale is an ex-roadie with anger management issues and his own pest control business in Stevenage. Having survived a hostile divorce, Tommy now lives with his girlfriend Magz. ... See full summary »
Alan Partridge a failed television presenter whose previous exploits had featured in the chat-show parody Knowing Me, Knowing You with Alan Partridge, and who is now presenting a programed on local radio in Norwich.
Years after their successful restaurant review tour of Northern Britain, Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon are commissioned for a new tour in Italy. Once again, the two comedy buddies/rivals take the landscape as well as the cuisine of that country in a trip filled with witty repartee and personal insecurities. Along the way, their own professional and personal lives comes in as these slightly older men's friendship comes through. Written by
Kenneth Chisholm (firstname.lastname@example.org)
In one scene Rob Brydon comments that Tom Hardy couldn't do what he does. In the film Locke Tom Hardy plays a man with a strong Welsh accent filmed entirely through dash-cams while driving and the audience is watching his life and marriage collapse. Rob Brydon's breakthrough performance was in Marion and Geoff, a programme fitting the same description. See more »
Toward the end of the movie (33 minute to the end), they are showing and commenting about a fruit they call "kumquat" which is in fact a "Physalis" also called "Cape Gooseberry", a fruit originally from Chile and Peru. A Kumquat is like a miniature orange with leathery leaves, and is rarely eaten raw because of its citrus like flavor. A physalis has a paper-like husk like a tomatillo and is very sweet when ripe. See more »
[upon looking at Mount Vesuvius from a ferry]
Do you think it's still active?
I like to think so.
See more »
Mahler: Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen [Rückert-Lieder]
Written by Gustav Mahler
Performed by Violeta Urmana
Courtesy of Deutsche Grammophon
Under license from Universal Music Operations Limited See more »
The Trip to Italy is an entertaining but ultimately unengaging comic travelogue of Italy, with Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon traveling across the Italian peninsula while entertaining each other with imitations and listening to Alanis Morissette. Although both lead actors provide excellent performances, they do not make up for a flimsy plot.
The main strength of the film is the magnetism of Coogan and Brydon. Both are extremely skilled impressionists, doing masterful impersonations of, among others, Michael Caine and Al Pacino. Furthermore, when the script gives them an opportunity, the actors show greater depth. Occasionally, they go past the impersonations to show their characters' insecurities. In one scene where is preparing for an audition for a Mafia movie, he goes from endless impersonations of Pacino to a conversation with himself that reveals his lack of confidence.
The Trip to Italy also benefits from some good photography. Admittedly, it is not much of a challenge to take beautiful photographs of the Italian countryside, but the film features a number of truly awe-inspiring locations and shots. The ending shot of the Mediterranean in the sunset is fantastic.
Unfortunately, great impersonations wear thin after an hour, while great scenery does not a good movie make. The film just barely has a plot, with little real character development as our protagonists drive from one great meal to another. More damningly, the film does not end so much as stop, with an abrupt conclusion that will leave viewers unsatisfied.
20 of 34 people found this review helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?