The Trip to Spain

TripToSpain-cov“After jaunts through northern England and Italy, Academy Award®-nominee* Steve Coogan (Philomena) and Rob Brydon (Cinderella) embark on another deliciously deadpan culinary road trip. This time around, the guys head to Spain to sample the best of the country’s gastronomic offerings in between rounds of their hilariously off-the-cuff banter. Over plates of pintxos and paella, the pair exchange barbs and their patented celebrity impressions, as well as more serious reflections on what it means to settle into middle age. As always, the locales are breathtaking, the cuisine to die for, and the humor delightfully devilish.”

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Michael Winterbottom continues the cinematographic adaptation of his TV series The Trip (first season in 2010 was set in England). After the movie The Trip to Italy (2014) our travellers now goes to Spain (in 2017 — and in 2020 they also went to Greece!). Two comedians (Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon) reunite for a trip to Spain (Cantabria, the Basque region, Aragon, Rioja, Castile-La Mancha and Andalusia), where one is writing restaurant reviews and the other a book about their trip that mirror a journey he took  when he was younger and was inspired by the book As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning by Laurie Lee. This movie offers more of the same: we get similar improvisations, jokes, voice imitations and movies references than previously. However, it is also a great occasion to showcase the nice Spanish food, landscapes and historic sites. It was well-liked by the critics (ratings of 6.6 on IMDb, 83% / 64% on Rotten Tomatoes, and 66% on Metacritic), but personally I found it beautiful but only mildly amusing. stars-2-5

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