There are few movies out there, quite like these ones. If you haven’t been following their varying journeys thus far, no worries. You can jump in on this one, or any of the other films that make up this “The Trip” series. I’m actually quite sad that this is the last one of them, but I think it’s fabled a number of important moments in life. The just of what this is, is that actors Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan travel. They eat, explore iconic places and banter along the way in a comedic fashion. They’re playing; to some degree, exaggerated versions of themselves.
It’s interesting, and each one of these movies captures a point in life. This particular one follows the two as they travel from Troy to Ithaca, following in the footsteps of Odysseus. It’s more than just that though, it’s the journey these two are taking in the late stages of life. One is dealing with the possibility of loss, the other the connection of love. It’s interesting, and a fun friendship to see explored. They cause minor parts of annoyance for one another, and this in turn creates what feels like some genuine moments between friends. It’s neat, because we get to have a relaxed adventure with them.
They provide some laughs along the way, alongside some gorgeous scenery. You get to see vista after vista of the places they go to. It’s simply delightful. Going from savory food, to wide spanning landscapes and of course little bits of banter intertwined in there as well. There are other side characters too, but they matter little over the course of what’s a focus on these two living. They might be some abrupt moments, or deep shifts but the core is just talking while visiting interesting places.
The leads, while certainly older are still as entertaining. I always enjoy seeing Coogan in action, and with his companion Brydon the two just have great chemistry. It’s hard to dive into the acting, which I suppose is generally great. They’re just sort of being themselves with a bit an exaggerated edge to it all.
A stand out aspect of the movie is of course the places they go. They capture these scenes beautifully. Aside from wide spread of vistas, they have nice shots of certain crowded areas and behind the scenes on the cooking elements. You get to see a little of the food being made, some of the restaurants they visit and in general it captures a lot of the culture of the area.
It’s beautiful to take in, and the music helps carry the mood. It does have some dreary elements to it, but for the most part it is strangely mellow and at times even uplifting. The dreary parts are the emotional part of this, and make sense as you watch it.
The Trip to Greece is a fantastic way to wrap up this unique series of films. It’s a weird grouping, and a completely different sort of experience. It’s unlike most movies, touching on some core elements of life, while just being a calming look at two friends enjoying themselves. You get to see some lovely locations, witness grand food and of course enjoy some comedic points from both.
You get impressions, commentary on life and some humorous moments. It caps off an interesting point in life, from two different perspectives. It’s surprising to see this release, and generally conclude as each of them have just sort of popped up in my viewings over the years.
I enjoyed their visit to Greece, from the beautiful places they visited, to the silly things they did along the way. Not much more to say about this one, it’s an enjoyable journey filled with a quite grace in the backdrop. A legendary path to follow, and many different things to see along the way.
The Trip to Greece Review at Home with Streamed Viewing
Screening Provided by Elevation Pictures