Thursday, August 21, 2014

The Trip to Italy: Monday, August 18 2014

If you have seen The Trip (2010), also directed by Michael Winterbottom, with Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon travelling through northern England sampling the wonderful food, you will prepared for The Trip to Italy (2014). It is one and an half hours of conversation, as they travel through Italy visiting restaurants in Liguria, Tuscany, Rome, Amalfi, and Capri. They are following in the footsteps of the Romantic poets, Byron, Shelley, and Keats, in the 1800s, as the poets "did" the Grand Tour of Europe.

This is a very different film, light-hearted and fun, as the two comedians tease each other, try out their impersonations of people such as Michael Caine, and chat about the poets. Both men have appealing personalities, and are a little larger than life in this fictionalized version of themselves.

The backdrop of Italy is gorgeous, and certainly brought back lovely memories for me, and some not quite so lovely. Driving over the Italian roads, especially those around the sides of mountains, with Italian drivers, is seared in my memory for ever. Those scenes in the film must have been filmed early in the morning, or maybe even with the roads closed, as there was remarkably little traffic.

We saw the food being prepared, and then served, showing the dishes as the artistic creations they are. It made me wish I were there to also enjoy! But for the fact that I don't think I could take those drivers and roads nowadays, a visit to Italy seemed quite appealing.

If you can pick up quickly on the accents, which aren't really too broad, and even know a little about the Romantic poets and their travels, this film is a delight.

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