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VOD Review: The Trip to Greece

May 22, 2020

By John Corrado

★★★½ (out of 4)

Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon are back at it again in The Trip to Greece, the fourth instalment in this series that finds the two comic actors playing versions of themselves enjoying good food, having great conversations, and arguing over who does the better celebrity impressions.

It all started with The Trip in 2011, a feature film stitched together from a six part BBC miniseries which followed the British actors on a road trip through the English countryside. This latest film finds the duo in Greece, trying to retrace the steps that Odysseus took on his ten year journey from Troy to Ithaca in just six days.

We follow along as they visit landmarks, quiz each on Greek mythology and history, and argue over the distinctions between comedy and tragedy as they reflect upon their own careers. This all happens as they move through a variety of beautiful locales, while enjoying the aforementioned meals and verbal jousts over who does the better Marlon Brando or Dustin Hoffman impersonation.

Like the other three films in the series, including the second and third instalments The Trip to Spain and The Trip to Italy, The Trip to Greece is directed by Michael Winterbottom, who adopts an unobtrusive approach that allows Coogan and Brydon to do their thing. This includes moments of meta humour, as Coogan reminds us that he played a Greek god in Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief, and also talks about the reviews that he got for his portrayal of Stan Laurel in Stan & Ollie, arguing that he has moved on from just being defined as a “comic actor.”

Coogan and Brydon are quite amusing to watch as they bounce off each other in moments like these, with their perfectly calibrated “odd couple” chemistry providing the backbone of the film. But as their trip reaches its conclusion, The Trip to Greece actually becomes something quite poignant as well, as the two men look to the past as a way to come to terms with where they are in their own lives. If this is the final chapter in the series, then it’s an entertaining and bittersweet end to this saga of friendship and duelling celebrity impressions.

The Trip to Greece is being released today on a variety of digital and VOD platforms.

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