August 13, 2011
The Trip - Something Different, Funny and Quirky British Film
The trailer with the Michael Caine impressions alone was enough to get me to see this movie. If you like subtle British humor and people who do impressions, this movie is for you. Set in the North of England in the winter, the film has a slightly cold edge to it. Steve has to go on a restaurant tour with his friend Rob because his girlfriend can't go. Rob is in a meaningful, committed relationship while Steve seems to bounce around from girl to girl but is rather lonely.
It's a story about old friends yukking it up on a road trip, which I'm always a sucker for. And if you like 80s ABBA tunes, you won't be disappointed. A knowledge of British actors enhances the experience. The portrait of poor rural cell service allows you to see the beauty of the winter landscape. You may want to note some of the restaurants and inns featured. The ending is abrupt, but you get the point. It's different, entertaining and thought-provoking.
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