Every once in a while you need a movie that allows you to give your brain a rest, sit back and be entertained. Popcorn summer blockbusters never do that for me as I am often too distracted by their unnecessary CGI and storyline flaws to really enjoy the experience. The best refuge for me when I need a cerebral vacation is usually a simple, independent comedy with light themes and smart humor. The movie that I hope will do that for me this summer is Michael Winterbottom’s The Trip.
With comedians Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon in the starring roles, this does not seem like a typical film from the director of The Killer Inside Me and A Mighty Heart. However, it does re-unite Coogan and Winterbottom who previously collaborated on 24 Hour Party People. The trailer sold me within the first few seconds as it seems to mostly consist of the two main actors playing themselves doing impressions of other famous actors. The plot appears to be a typical road trip comedy, which is an overdone genre, but with these stars I have high hopes.
Check out the synopsis and full trailer below or in High Definition at Apple and let me know your thoughts!
The Trip brings director Michael Winterbottom and the hilarious Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon (24 HOUR PARTY PEOPLE, A COCK AND BULL STORY) back together in a side-splitting road comedy. The film follows the pair on a hysterical odyssey that has won over audiences at the Toronto and Tribeca Film Festivals, and has critics rolling in the aisles. When Steve Coogan is asked by The Observer to tour the country’s finest restaurants, he envisions it as the perfect getaway with his beautiful girlfriend. But, when she backs out on him, he has no one to accompany him but his best friend and source of eternal aggravation, Rob Brydon. As the brilliant comic duo, freestyling with flair, drive each other mad with constant competition and showdowns of competing impressions (including dueling Michael Caines, Sean Connerys and Al Pacinos), the ultimate odd couple realize in the end a rich amount about not only good food, but the nature of fame, relationships and their own lives.