I guess you have to know (and presumably like) Steve Coogna and Rob Brydon to really enjoy The Trip. Not knowing really who they were or what they’ve done in the past, I was already on the back-foot when it cam to The Trip. The concept sounded funny and the clips I had seen looked funny, but like with Borat, you’re never quite sure if the whole thing is an immaculately scripted show, or something they’ve just ad-libbed their way through.
The ironic thing is – ironic because we’re going to be giving away The Trip – the six part TV series – that The Trip (the film) feels like it would have been better suited to being a TV show, where we could digest the duo in much smaller chunks.
Roaming around the North of England, secretly reviewing restaurants and having to hastily rearrange sleeping arrangements, The Trip is a kind of a road trip that seems to have very little purpose or direction. For me the only saving grace is when Coogan and Brydon do their little voice impressions of iconic actors, trying to out do each other.
The Trip is almost worth seeing just for the Michael Caine voice off! As it is, I’m giving The Trip a slightly higher rating than I want to, because I know (from talking to a couple of friends) that if you know and love the stars, then you’ll love the film. However, if you’re like me and don’t know your Coogan from your Brydon, then approach with caution.
Reviewed by: Jonathan Read