Not even Hades can spoil Steve and Rob’s fun in this final holiday.
When I saw “The Trip” in 2012, I’ve never imagined this film would start an artisan franchise. “The Trip to Italy,” “The Trip to Spain,” and now we have “The Trip to Greece,” all of which are directed by Michael Winterbottom. This finale now has Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon not singing “Mamma Mia!,” but retracing Odysseus’ steps in less than a week. 10 years in one week. But if they really think about it, they have been traveling for nearly a decade, just like in “The Odyssey.”
Now keep in mind, “The Trip” is actually a BBC series that has been edited into a movie, and all of them know how to travel. Each movie has these actors sampling the cuisine, while impersonating celebrities (Marlon Brando, Ray Winstone, Dustin Hoffman, Keith Richards, etc.), balancing their family lives, and reminiscing on their careers. For example, you all know Steve played Hades in “Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief.” And this time, Steve’s terminally ill father (Richard Clews) is in the hospital, and he also have Mythology dreams-all of which are filmed in black and white.
There’s a homophone in the movie, when Rob sings “Grease is the Word” in Greece, while Steve tells him it’s completely a different word. It doesn’t matter to Rob, because if he’s in Greece, he thinks “Grease,” and this scene delivers the goods. So think of it like listening to “California Love” in San Francisco, instead of Los Angeles, since they’re both in California. At least that’s what I considered.
The locations here are dazzling and lovely. Athens, Hydra, Delphi, Lesvos, Chalkidiki, Pelion, Kavala, and at the Peloponnese-all of which distinguish the country of Greece and its history and values. And the actors are able to learn about their stories, mythology, and culture, while adding a dashing comic twist to them. They also sing in a cave, and later have a swimming race. Not bad for their ages.
Some dinners take a little long and I did get a little uncomfortable when Rob Brydon does a good impression of a dentist drill, but seeing him and Steve Coogan enjoy themselves, the meals and locations is always delightful. And watching the last ten minutes of “The Trip to Greece” brought tears to my eyes. Max Ritcher’s “On the Nature of Daylight” really sets the mood and tone of Steve and Rob returning to their lives. That and also when it comes to conclusions to movies and shows, the final scene always makes me tear.
I’m going to miss their travels, but it’s still refreshing to know they’re both capable of making more movies. It’s a shame we can’t see them in France. That would have been fun.
On VOD and Digital Platforms this Friday.