November 3, 2014

Italy

The Trip to Italy (Michael Winterbottom, 2014). Both more shaped and more affecting than The Trip, this is skilful comic film-making with the illusion of utter simplicity. Trips to Italy are almost always film trips and Roman Holiday, La Dolce Vita, Journey to Italy, Le Mepris, The Italian Job and The Godfather (and their themes of sex, death, fame and competition) are among the movies referenced here by Coogan and Brydon. It’s possibly a funnier, shorter, more gastronomic and less educational version of Scorsese’s My Voyage to Italy doco, with Michael Caine, Hugh Grant and Al Pacino impressions (Brydon still beats Coogan).