Like last year’s ‘In the Loop’, ‘The Trip’ shows British comedy at it’s finest. Directed by the prolific Michael Winterbottom, it stars two Brit comedy favorites Steve Coogan, star of 24 Hour Party People and Rob Brydon, a welsh impressionist and comedian who is rather less known outside the sceptered isle.
The way I would describe it is like a British take on the movie ‘Sideways’. Rather than take a tour of Californian vineyards, our two protagonists take a tour of upmarket British eateries in the windswept North of England. Neither Brydon nor Coogan stray two far from their real life personas, which give the film a certain authenticity. Both exhibit professional rivalry and compete with each other continually to show their comedic skills, from who has the best Michael Caine impersonation to who has the best way of appreciating the landscape. Which is good news for the audience, as it makes the film very funny