The Trip to Spain

2017

Comedy / Drama

39
IMDb Rating 6.6 10 3,861

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Cast

Kyle Soller as Karl Inkelaar
Margo Stilley as Mischa
Rob Brydon as Matt's Dad
Steve Coogan as Johan Webber
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23.976 fps
108 min
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108 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by howard.schumann 7 / 10 / 10

Spain without its heart and soul

When I visited Spain for the first time many years ago, I immediately felt a sense of foreboding, as if I was being reminded of some long buried event, perhaps in another lifetime. Everything that happened during my stay there did nothing to dispel those feelings either and I have never gone back. Of course, I did not have the amenities available to English actors and comedians Steve Coogan ("The Dinner") and Rob Brydon ("The Huntsman: Winter's War") in Michael Winterbottom's ("On the Road") The Trip to Spain. Based on a TV series, it is the third in a series of "trip" films that follows the 2010 film "The Trip" (to Northern England), and the 2014 "The Trip to Italy." I wish I could say that the movie was a "trip" but, even though I did not experience any foreboding while watching it, I found it to be an essentially empty and only sporadically funny experience. Master impressionists as well as stand-up comedians, actors and screenwriters, Coogan and Brydon drive through Spain from Santander to Malaga, avoiding the well known tourist spots to visit small town Spain, places such as Getaria, Axpe near Bilbao, Prejano, Sigüenza, Almagro, and Malaga that we never hear about. They eat exquisite looking food, visit historic sites, and, of course, provide a staggering ton of impressions including those of Michael Caine, Mick Jagger, Robert de Niro, Marlon Brando, Roger Moore and many others. It goes without saying that driving a Range Rover for a thousand miles, staying in expensive hotels and eating in posh restaurants is not an experience that is readily available to most people. Of course, they are good comedians and some of the routines garner a lot of laughs, like the wordplay on the Moors and the family of Roger Moore, a sequence which is funny but unfortunately goes on too long. They also riff on James Bond movies, the Spanish Inquisition, and the character of Don Quixote which leads to their donning costumes and sitting on donkeys for a photo shoot. Playing fictionalized versions of themselves, the rationale for the trip is that Rob is going to write a series of restaurant reviews for The Observer and Steve is gathering notes for a book comparing his trip to Spain when he was younger with this new middle-aged one. While both men are outward successes, the two remain basically insecure and their prickly banter often has a sharp edge to it. Though Steve adapted the Oscar-nominated film "Philomena" for the screen (a fact he is not hesitant to throw in Rob's face with sickening regularity), his agent has walked out and he is dismayed by the fact that the studio is bringing in a new writer to "polish" his script for a new film. Steve is in love with Mischa (Margo Stilley, "The Royals" TV series), who is now married, but she turns down his offer to visit him on his trip. Rob, though he recently appeared in a big-budget Hollywood movie, seems to have become reconciled to being a supporting actor but longs for a starring role. One revealing segment takes place when a young busker performing near a restaurant for gratuities is invited by Steve to have a drink with them. Everything goes well until the musician starts recommending good places to visit in Spain which Steve finds threatening to his self image of being a man of the world and gets up and walks away from the table. While critics have found the repetitious format of the first two films to have become stale, not having seen the first two, I have no basis for comparison. For me, however, The Trip to Spain quickly became stale and tedious all on its own. The only music in the film is the lovely but overdone 1960s song, "The Windmills of Your Mind." In the land of Flamenco, however, we do not hear or see any, nor is there any more than a passing interest in the food being served. The world travelers do not meet or talk to any Spaniards other than waiters, bell boys or old girlfriends. There is talk about dinosaurs and we get some history lessons but there is no mention of Goya, Garcia-Lorca, Juan-Ramon Jimenez, Gaudi, Casals, Segovia or the Prado. Spanish poet and mystic San Juan de la Cruz said, "In savoring the finite joy, the very most one can expect is to enfeeble and destroy our taste and leave the pallet wrecked." The film may showcase the Spain you will find in a National Geographic special, but it is Spain without its heart and its sou

Reviewed by serafinogm 8 / 10 / 10

Please keep these coming!

Absolutely brilliant! Coogan, Brydon, Keelan, & Barrio are so natural together it's like they aren't even acting, absolutely brilliant! It will never catch on in the United States as the average Joe likes stuff like Star Wars, Guardian of the Galaxy and that sort of fare. But I'm not an adolescent and I prefer headier fare, I simply can't stomach the action genre (except perhaps Daniel Craig playing Bond, now that's a bulldog). The cinematography in the trip movies is always first rate and this trip installment is no exception! Hats off to Michael Winterbottom, first rate job Michael, absolutely first rate! I must mention the piano accompaniment as it is always welcome, so wistful and, highlighting melancholia filled moments. This Trip movie ended with an interesting twist with Steve about to be taken captive by the mujahideen. My bet is Steve talks his way out of it perhaps by doing "no one expects the Spanish Inquisition" impression! In addition to the pure viewing pleasure one always learns a bit, these trip movies edify as well as entertain. I simply look forward to the next installment!

Reviewed by lolchicken-98780 8 / 10 / 10

Some Grins But No LOLs

Good but not great, this movie had me smiling throughout at the lighthearted banter, which was apparently mostly unscripted. The movie follows two friends traveling through Spain so that one of them can write a series of restaurant reviews. The focus is on their dialogue while they visit some tourist sights or sit in restaurants. There is not much of a story, and overall the film comes across more like a travel documentary rather than a movie. The dialogue mostly covers food, Spanish history, and being middle aged. Most of the humor comes from the friends taking mild jabs at each other, and their impressions of mostly British celebrities such as Michael Caine, Sean Connery, Mick Jagger and Roger Moore. (There are many James Bond references.) Overall, the formula is entertaining but I would be lying if I said it was not wearing a bit thin by the end of the film. I understand there are now three "Trip" films. I have not seen the previous two and I want to see them, although I am in no hurry because this is not the sort of comedy you can easily binge on.

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