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Movie Review – The Trip

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At this year’s International Film Festival, ‘The Trip’ was one of those films I really wanted to see, though so did everyone else, which meant the one screening I was able to attend was sold out. Now, due to the fact I was working at the festival as a reviewer, meant I wasn’t always able to pick films that I wanted to see as my schedule, in that sense, was king and so I was a little bummed I couldn’t find room for another one of its screenings. So, when after the festival I heard it was getting a general release and I was getting a press invite, I was damn happy. My film buddy for the festival, Shelley, also really wanted to see the film as she wasn’t able to fit it in with her screenings either, so quickly she put up her hand to be my guest to the press screening. When going into a film such as this with much expectation from both myself and my guest, puts a level of pressure on the film to live up to said expectations. But, with having heard great things about it, I felt rather confident that it would be awesome.

“When Steve Coogan is asked by The Observer to tour the country's finest restaurants, he envisions it as the perfect getaway with his beautiful girlfriend. But, when she backs out on him, he has no one to accompany him but his best friend and source of eternal aggravation, Rob Brydon.”

Well, it’s hard to describe this film as it’s not a documentary, not a mockumentary, not a normal narrative film and isn’t fully an improvisational film either. It’s a film that takes elements of improvisation, mixes it with a narrative type structure, but also sprinkles it in settings that are almost documentary like, as if the cameras weren’t a normal 4th wall narrative device they would very easily have been capturing things like a documentary would. So, it was cool to see such a different type of movie work so well and really not make you think twice about it working or not. The performances were great, the story was cool, and it just made me want to see the journey continue on and on. Which, of course, means I’m not surprised they have already green lit a sequel!

9 out of 10 from me!

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