Director : Michael Winterbottom
Starring : Steve Coogan, Rob Brydon
Running Time : 107 minutes
DVD Release Date : Out Now
‘Two friends….One trip….10 Restaurants…..and the Journey of a Lifetime’
Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon star as themselves in this very British comedy. Coogan is asked by The Observer (a British newspaper, published on Sundays) to review 10 of the country’s finest Northern restaurants. Nobody else, including his girlfriend, wants to go with him so he asks Brydon. And off they go….
I immediately recognized both Coogan and Brydon but could not quite place them. As it turns out, they are well-known British actors with long, varied resumes as both actors and writers, writing mostly comedy shows for themselves. They work together quite a lot.
The movie begins in London with scenes of freeways and traffic and buildings as far as the eye can see. As they venture north, this urban jungle is replaced by scenes of breathtaking beauty. When I think of England, right or wrong, I think of 2 things….either crowded, industrialised cities or miles and miles of rolling lush, green hills. This is different.
These fields are golden and sunny, the roads long and winding between small walls of stone or hedges. There are certainly days of rain and mist and clouds but it’s the colours that grabbed my attention. Wide shots of snow covered mountain ranges as the car winds over the road below. Perhaps it was Autumn during filming or England is as dry as Australia is wet the last few years. Or maybe the Director drained some of the green colour during editing. I have no idea, but what I do know is that the scenes of rural England in this movie are extraordinary. Just gorgeous.
One amusingly ironic scene involves Coogan trudging for what seems a very long time up a mountain in the middle of nowhere to get mobile phone reception so he can call his Agent and then his girlfriend. Yes, in that order.
You can read the rest of my review at Beauty and Lace http://entertainment.beautyandlace.net/dvd-review-the-trip-ma-15