The Trip to Italy (NR)
Drama 107 min. August 15th, 2014
Now, in The Trip to Italy, Coogan and Brydon -- again playing semi-improvisatory versions of themselves -- explore Italian coastal spots and cities, sampling meals from the finest restaurants, but again, pay only minimal attention to the food. The Trip to Italy is basically more of the same Trip -- with yet more picturesque scenery, more fretting about the horrors of getting older, more Michael Caine imitations -- only, the surprise factor has diminished. Now we know just what to expect from Coogan and Brydon, although that's not necessarily a bad thing. For some mystical reason that has to do less with reality than with the creation of fictional plots, Brydon and Coogan have again been sent out by a London newspaper to sample the culinary delights of a given locale.
Of course, most of the time Coogan and Brydon are cracking unapologetically puerile jokes. Winterbottom orchestrates it all beautifully, which is to say that he seems not to be orchestrating it at all -- his touch is wonderfully casual.