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      26.05.2014 16:22
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      The Trip is an little curio. It stars comedic friends Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon as exaggerated versions of themselves and loosely directed by Peter Winterburn. Hardly any of it is scripted and the boys basically improvise most of it, presumably a huge film of equally funny unused stuff on the cutting room floor. Under the tenuous premise that the pair are paid by the Observer newspaper to do a road trip to write about rather splendid small restaurants and hotels in the North of England's beautiful countryside, the half-hour show ends up rather personal and sweet as the two mimic's battle it out to see who can do the best impressions to impress the many women on their trip and appear the most intellectual around the musings of comedy.As much as Steve Coogan tries not to take himself seriously in interviews and in newspaper articles, he invariable ends up doing exactly that, a rather serious comedian in many ways. He so wants to be the Hollywood movie star, pretentiously so, not just the TV impressionist in his mind. He even lives in Los Angles most of the year in the hope the Oscar script will come through the door. Even when he did have acclaim for one of his movies, Philomena, it was Judy Dench who swept the awards and Steve Coogan yet again left looking like Steve Coogan onscreen, as he has done in all of his other movies. A stand up comic is a stand up comic at the end of the day.It would be Alan Partridge that would define him, perhaps more of Coogan in his genius creation than he is prepared to admit. But to Steve, Partridge is Rod Hulls Emu or Orville to Keith Harris, a monkey on the back he feels denied him the chance to be a serious actor, instead of the brilliant creation that allowed to him to be an actor and famous. Why he wouldn't be extremely proud of the greatest and most intelligent British comic character of all time is beyond me.The Trip is basically Steve and Rob crammed into a small car and packed off around the country to review rural restaurants. They stay overnight and often in historic bedrooms. Their bromance develops and they can't help chatting up all of the pretty girls, Steve more so to justify his Hollywood status, Rob the laid back friendly bloke from the telly with the ladies, various film crew members and partners interacting with them on the trip to push reality.Coogan gets all misty eyed over the providence these hotels and restaurants have with the great writers and artists of the past, Brydon doing his man in a box impression to quickly bring down the tone.We also have the boys doing their one-upmanship impressions with Michael Caine and Al Pacino prominent. That stuff is funny and never repetitive with me (also a mimic) but if you are not you may tire of it. They also make witty observations and conversations and food reviewing well down the list.It's my kind of show, smart, intelligent, knowing, funny, niche humor at its best. It's a bit like Episodes with Stephen Mangan in that if you get it and the humor you will love it, and if you don't, you won't, but like Episodes, the second series losing something as the original idea wanes and gets claustrophobic, as we saw with The Trip to Italy. Both men are funny and Brydon as charming as Coogan is bitter. I know which one I would prefer to invite to a dinner party. Its best quality if the reality episode to it as the two comment on current affairs, like the whole phone hacking thing, celebrities like Coogan extremely outspoken in the media on the media that makes their careers. When celebrities get that grandiose they forget what celebrity really is, being famous in no way sophisticated, simply the ability to publicize yourself whatever way you can to make money. Coogan is just a mimic whether he likes it or not, and not the A-List movie star he thinks he is. I don't see Rob Brydon moaning about media intrusion. Coogan tried to introduce an intellectual argument to it all and has ended up looking rather needy and obnoxious.I did laugh throughout and six fun episodes on the disc, if you chose to buy it. Each episode is about 30 minutes long and some behind the scenes stuff and the outtakes. There are a lot of those. These two are uncontrollable when let lose. Great show!


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