Critic at large John Powers reviews The Trip to Italy, the follow-up to 2010’s The Trip, starring British comedians Steve Coogan (right) and Rob Brydon:
Now, The Trip to Italy isn’t exactly freighted with ambition. Featuring lots of shots of tasty food and nifty suites, it’s partly a huge ad for the hotels and restaurants that Coogan and Brydon visit. No matter. What I find appealing about these films is their sloping, improvisational air, their quality of catching a moment of life on the wing, as when Brydon startles Coogan with a joke so good he can’t stop himself from laughing.