Movie Review: The Trip to Itlay


Jeffrey Mueller

With what appears to be largely improvised, Michael Winterbottom’s film, “The Trip to Italy,” manages to provide comedy and humor from the perspective of two men, Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon.

A sequel to Winterbottom’s previous 2010 film, “The Trip,” where the two men did a restaurant review tour across Northern Britain, they now embark on another cuisine tour together, this time, as the title implies, to Italy.

Six mouth-watering meals across five cities spread throughout the county, starting in Liguria and continuing to Tuscany, Rome, Amalfi, and ending in Capri.  While I certainly did not think much of a movie could be made off of such a plot, I was wrong.

The simple humor that came through the two friends did not have much of a purpose or plot behind it, but it was funny, which is what counts.  However, the comedy is quick and hard to catch, so if you are not paying attention or not the type who follows along with movies closely, then this film is not for you.

Along with the film being funny, the cinematography was outstanding.  The placement of cameras to capture the two comedians, along with the scenery, landscape, and culture actually made it feel as if you were in Italy.  With views of as popular landmarks as the Mediterranean sea, to small side streets, no matter what scene, it is shot to perfectly resemble Italy.

Personally, I found the movie to be very well done.  So did some Lakeridge students.

“A playful banter kept the movie entertaining, I thought it was great,” said junior Daniel Farthing.

While from the trailer it may come off as silly with no real purpose (which is somewhat true), that does not take away from the comedy and other well done aspects of the film.

This movie is no longer playing in theaters, but it won’t be long until it is released on DVD.  If you enjoyed “Napoleon Dynamite,” this film is very similar and I recommend you give it a view.