THE TRIP TO ITALY | BLU RAY REVIEW & GIVEAWAY

We are revisiting the review of THE TRIP TO ITALY by Kernel Nick today, say “what the???” you may ask. You can blame our good friends at MADMAN  – they have given us two copies on Blu Ray and one copy on DVD to so enjoy Nick’s review again and enter away. I also suggest this movie be watched with abundant food and wine. Perhaps a giant ploughman’s snack board!

ORIGINAL REVIEW FROM MAY 30TH 2014

I have to admit to never seeing THE TRIP, Kernel Nick loved it and, well, I have purchased it since he spoke to me about it and it could make my screening list for this evening at home, with a nice pasta and a bottle of red. The Trip was really popular when it released. This is not to be confused with the most amazing psychedelic Peter Fonda film featuring a lot of acid in the late 60’s. This is the / Rob Brydon one from 2010. If you love film and food I have been told you will love THE TRIP (why is this not my all time favourite film?). Anyways – THE TRIP TO ITALY is the sequel and you can guess what it will be about 🙂 It is released and out now thanks to MADMAN, it runs for 108mins and is M rated. You can suss their official site HERE where you can even win a trip to Italy, but I would prefer you didn’t so I can. Enjoy Kernel Nick’s review………..all the best…….JK. 

 

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THE TRIP TO ITALY | THE SALTY POPCORN REVIEW | MOVIE POSTER

 

REVIEW BY

For those of you who have not seen the original The Trip (that makes for an awkward sentence) go do so now. I will wait here until you are back…………………………

Ok good, so I’m guessing you either enjoyed the film or did not. (Even if you haven’t seen it, lets just pretend) The Trip to Italy is much of the same, but in a good way. It is a continuation of the previous trip. It takes all of the great things about the previous film and does them again.

We join Steve and Rob as the visit six restaurants around Italy. That’s essentially the whole story. The plot isn’t the selling point for this film. It’s a device that allows Rob and Steve to converse. That’s where the real magic happens. That’s why people loved the first film. its an hour and a half of witty banter, and amazingly funny impersonations.

 

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THE TRIP TO ITALY | THE SALTY POPCORN REVIEW | ROB BRYDON & STEVE COOGAN



The semi documentary filming style suits the content perfectly. It feels like we are watching some old friends share a meal together as they talk and crack jokes.

The main downfall is probably how British the humour is, you either like British humour or you don’t.  If you don’t like the subtlety and self deprecation, the silliness of British humour I can say you will not like this film. However for those who do enjoy that kind of humour will thoroughly enjoy the banter and will definitely laugh out loud.

The impressions are back. The funniest part of the first film was definitely the impressions. The crowd favourite Michael Caine impression makes an appearance much to everyone’s delight.

 

THE TRIP TO ITALY | THE SALTY POPCORN REVIEW | ROB BRYDON & STEVE COOGAN
THE TRIP TO ITALY | THE SALTY POPCORN REVIEW | ROB BRYDON & STEVE COOGAN



The film isn’t just impressions, there is actually a story. It does however take the back seat. It happens in the background. It follows the discussions that Steve and Rob have of Lord Byron and his escapades in Italy.  Its actually done quite nicely, with a hint of self awareness and a little bit of heart, it culminates in a touching ending.  Somewhat unexpected considering the majority of the film is two mates having lunch together.

We can’t forget the food! Don’t go see this film on an empty stomach, this is food porn,  straight up food porn. The landscapes are just as beautiful as the food. Italy should just show this as their tourism strategy. It made me want to go to the airport and fly to Italy straight away. Such a beautiful country shown in a beautiful way.

 

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THE TRIP TO ITALY | THE SALTY POPCORN REVIEW | ROB BRYDON & STEVE COOGAN



The minor negative I have for this film is the pacing.  It’s a slow film. It meanders from place to place with subtle humour and light storytelling. Definitely a film you need to be in the mood to see.

This film will make you do three things. It drill make you laugh, it will make you hungry and it will make you want to go to Italy.

All in all it makes for an enjoyable trip.

 

3 and a Half Pops

 

With special thanks to MADMAN FILMS to win one of the 2X BLU RAYS or 1x DVD of THE TRIP TO ITALY you need to either like and share this post on Facebook or retweet/ favourite it on Twitter, you then need to leave a comment below stating the answer to the following question:

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Prizes will no longer be awarded to first in first served. It will now be a game of skill and selected purely on the thoughts of the judges, said judges being the Salty Kernels.

The prizes will be sent after November 15th. Good luck! Oh, and minor housekeeping – huge apologies for overseas readers, this is only available to Australian residents.