This week BUFS is pleased to present The Trip to Spain, a Comedy/Drama directed by Ritesh Batra.
What started out as a bit of lark has now developed into a veritable franchise. In 2010, the BBC began airing episodes of The Trip, an off-beat collaboration between the actors Steve Coogan (Alan Partridge, Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story,Philomena) and Rob Brydon (Tristram Shandy), and the director Michael Winterbottom (Jude, 24 Hour Party People, and, yes,Tristram Shandy). The shows were a hit, and Winterbottom edited the material into a theatrical release that premiered at TIFF and proved to be a success in its own right.
The Trip to Spain follows the same tried and true formula as it it’s predecessors (The Trip, and The Trip to Italy). Once again, Steeve Coogan and Rob Brydon, two British comic performers and writers who play fictionalized version of themselves, set off on a hilarious journey where they find themselves in stunning scenery eating the best culinary delights the Spanish countryside has to offer. As they travel through Spain the men comically cover an array of subjects from movies, history, music, small feet, religion, Twitter, dinosaurs and most importantly, food. The food does not disappoint either, the audience is left drooling over extraordinary Spanish gastronomy such as chorizo, grilled sardines and mussels all paired with exquisite wine from each local region.
Director Michael Winterbottom has included a few more external elements this time, including the side story of Coogan’s family, his love life and his professional ego. The drama these elements take on is entertaining, however, it is the hilarious and ridiculous nature of the dialogue between these two actors that make the series so entertaining. The two are particular great at doing impressions, in fact it’s extremely impressive how spot on they are with them. We hear from Roger More, Anthony Hopkins, Robert DeNiro, Sean Connery and so many more. Coogan’s Mick Jagar impression is particularly to die for. If you’re looking for a laugh, or are just a huge foodie, this film will not disappoint.
The Trip to spain screens Wednesday at 7 P.M. at Landmark Theatres, Pen Centre. Visit www.brocku.ca/bufs for details.
-Desirae Stack, Contributor