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The Trip to Spain - Film Review

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by Zac and Kiri (subscribe)
Reviewers from Brisbane, Australia.

"Now, Come, come, Mr. Bond. You disappoint me. You get as much fulfilment out of [three movies of comedic impersonations] as I do, so why don't you admit it?"

And somehow, I did enjoy this film. If you have seen the previous two instalments of Michael Winterbottom's collaboration with Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon then you will recognise the formula; the two friends are invited to tour 6 restaurants and write reviews. First the Lake District (2010), then Italy (2014) and now Spain. Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan play slightly fictionalised versions of themselves and the movie mainly consists of funny yet terse interactions between these actors, who have a friendly but competitive relationship. Steve is hitting brick walls following his Oscar nominations for Philomena and Rob is trying to balance work and family life. The actors vie for the audience's attention through repeated impersonations and improvised dialogue.

Cut scenes depict the food being prepared but the tasting is downplayed by Rob and Steve's conversations. While marketed as a "foodie" movie, it really is all about the contrast of these two men. However, the scenery and images of the food were enough to instil a sense of envy and wanderlust. Can someone pay me to drive around Spain and eat delicious food please!

The impersonations and dialogue were amusing, but their repertoire throughout all three instalments consisted mainly of Michael Caine, and Roger Moore. These repeated impressions wear thin as the movie progresses and there was no story arc to speak of. However, if you like listening in on funny, high energy people having a conversation without the pressure of having to match their pace, then this is the movie for you.

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