the trip to greece

★★★★

DIRECTOR: Michael Winterbottom (24 Hour Party People, Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story, The Trip)
STARRING: Steve Coogan, Rob Brydon, Marta Barito and Rebecca Johnson

 

REVIEWER: lyall carter

Funnymen Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon travel to restaurants, hotels and ancient landmarks in Greece.

If there was ever a time when we needed a film filled with funnymen, fine food and overseas travel it was now. So grab a glass of chardonnay sit back and relax and let The Trip to Greece transport you to the glorious shores of the Mediterranean.

 

When Odysseus left Troy it took him ten years to get back to his home in Ithaca. Steve and Rob have only six days on their own personal odyssey in The Trip To Greece. On the way they argue about tragedy and comedy, astronomy and biology, myth, history, democracy and the meaning of life! Featuring locations such as: Temple of Apollo at Delphi, the Ancient Agora of Athens, the Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus, the unique island of Hydra, the Caves of Diros, Nestor’s Palace, Niokastro Fortress in Pylos, and Ancient Stagira, as well as a lot of shooting in restaurants and hotels in Athens, Hydra, Lesvos, Chalkidiki, Pelion, Kavala, and at the Peloponnese.

 

Following on from the success of their last three outings, Steve Coogan and Rob ‘Uncle Bryn’ Brydon have returned for their last adventure together. If you’ve seen the previous Trip films, you’ll know the formula down to a T. 

 

Coogan and Brydon play a version of themselves doing impressions of famous actors, talk philosophy and history, eat some divine cuisine that leaps off the screen and here in The Trip to Greece they do exactly what it says on the label: they travel around Greece. 

 

And even though it’s the fourth time around the block and even though the film has been spliced together from a TV series (like the previous films), at the heart of The Trip to Greece and indeed all of the Trip films is the relationship between Coogan and Brydon. It’s refreshing to see a male friendship portrayed on the big screen with such banter and one up manship but also a real tenderness as well. 

 

Four times the charm? You betcha! Come and hang out with Coogan and Brydon as they take you on their odyssey around Greece with all the banter, food, and glorious vistas that you can shake a stick at.

★★★★

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