Friday, September 19, 2014
The Trip to Italy, a Movie Review
There are boring movies. There are dull movies. There are bad movies. The Trip to Italy is a combination of all the above and more (or much less). Full disclosure, there was a prequel that we did not see. The 20 minutes we saw of this film were nothing but dialog between the two characters played by Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon. Much of it was mundane, some was childish, and some was incoherent. Parts referred to events and people the audience (or at least I) was totally unaware of and therefore left me listening to words coming from the mouths of two idiots that I found made no sense.
In the main scene we saw they were eating a meal they were supposedly critiquing. The camera would cut from their conversation to scenes in the kitchen of the chef preparing the food. However the chef did not speak and played no role. Still between each course the scene would change to kitchen. I found this terribly distracting albeit the kitchen had to be more entertaining than what we were forced to endure in the dining room.
This movie was billed as a comedy. In the 20 minutes or so that we stayed and watched, I failed to see anything remotely humorous. In fact it was painful. Personally it was like watching two men totally self possessed, eating in an Italian restaurants.
Needless to say we walked out after 20 to 25 minutes of trying to figure out what was going on. We decided that if there was any humor, it escaped us. If there was a storyline, we missed it. And, if this was an example of a decent screen play as well as a competent cast -at best, it failed miserably. The only redeeming quality I can think to credit the experience was the lovely Italian countryside, and even that was sullied by the banal banter of Coogan and Brydon.
Stay away. Stay far away. Spend your time and funds more wisely. We took this one for the team.