Movie Review #899
|Limited release on June 10, 2011. Comedy/Drama. This film is not rated. Runs 107 minutes. A production of the UK. Director: Michael Winterbottom. No writer credited. Cast: Steve Coogan, Rob Brydon, Paul Popplewell, Margo Stilley, and Claire Keelan.|
IN MY BEST MICHAEL CAINE VOICE: “WE WERE ONLY SUPPOSED TO LAUGH OUR BLOODY LUNGS OFF!”
By Alexander Diminiano
The word “entertaining” is as vacuous a word as anything the English language could offer. It doesn’t mean a thing until you surround it with more words. Sure, the film could be entertaining, but how entertaining And even then, it can still be quite a challenge to convey one’s thoughts accurately.
So if you came here wondering if “The Trip” is an entertaining film, then yes, it is. But I’m not gonna recommend it. The fact that it’s simply entertaining shouldn’t mean very much to you. Especially when, in all honesty, its power to entertain occurs sporadically.
I am thankful of at least one thing at the moment, and that is that I watched the American release of the film. In the USA, “The Trip” was released to cinemas as a film of less than two hours in running time. However, this is nothing more than a trim-down from what it was in Great Britain: a BBC Two series consisting of six half-hour episodes.
This is a movie that uproots from a nice idea, but doesn’t exactly realize the idea as something nice. I use the word “nice” because I’m feeling generous this week. I could use terms like, I don’t know, “unoriginal.” I could point out that this is exactly like the Alexander Payne film “Sideways”, except its characters are on a road trip for food rather than wine, are seriously undeveloped, and have disgusting teeth. (Not that my intention is to imply that Brits are naturally born with poor teeth, but yes, “The Trip” is a British movie.)