After jaunts through northern England and Italy, Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon embark on another deliciously deadpan culinary road trip. This time around, the guys head to Spain to sample the best of the country’s gastronomic offerings in between rounds of their hilariously off-the-cuff banter. Over plates of pintxos and paella, the pair exchange barbs and their patented celebrity impressions, as well as more serious reflections on what it means to settle into middle age. As always, the locales are breathtaking, the cuisine to die for, and the humor delightfully devilish.
What We Thought:
I don’t know what it is, but I really like The Trip franchise. The first film is simply The Trip. The second is The Trip to Italy and now The Trip to Spain makes it a trilogy. They are super simple movies yet I like them.
I think it’s the chemistry between the two leads Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon. If you aren’t familiar with the films, the basis premise is, both men go around eating at restaurants together discussing the food, the atmosphere and trying to out do one another. Both are great at impressions and you’ll hear them do Michael Caine, Mick Jagger, David Bowie and more. The Trip to Italy has a fantastic Tom Hardy impression battle. Again it’s all simple yet it works.
The first two films had Coogan as the “star”. Despite being nominated for two Oscars for Philomena (Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Picture), Coogan’s “character” seems to take a back seat to Brydon’s for the third film. Coogan mentions the Oscar nominations multiple times, but in this film he loses his agent and it’s Brydon whose career is taking off. Brydon is no longer the punching bag, the lesser known. It’s Coogan who is having the second thoughts about life and his career.
Director Michael Winterbottom paints a beautiful movie with stunning backdrops and locations. The Spanish countryside, the ocean settings and more look outstanding. That’s a key component to these movies, the setting. The beautiful scenery and funny men make a watchable experience.
If you are familiar with the franchise and it enjoyed the first two films, definitely check out The Trip to Spain. I don’t know how much further they can go with them or if they should for that matter, but I like them. Hopefully this trilogy is over and it stays as enjoyable as they are.
Cast & Crew:
- Steve Coogan
- Rob Brydon
- Michael Winterbottom
Recommended If You Like:
- The Trip
- The Trip to Italy