The Trip to Spain

August 8th, 2017


The Trip to Spain

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Release Year: 2017

Rating: 7.3/10 ( voted)

Critic's Score: /100

Director: Michael Winterbottom

Stars: Steve Coogan, Rob Brydon, Marta Barrio

Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon embark on a six-part episodic road trip through Spain, sampling the restaurants, eateries, and sights along the way.

Steve Coogan - Steve
Rob Brydon - Rob
Marta Barrio - Yolanda
Claire Keelan - Emma
Justin Edwards - UK Agent
Rebecca Johnson - Sally (Rob's Wife)
Timothy Leach - Joe
Kerry Shale - Matt
Kyle Soller - Jonathan
Margo Stilley - Mischa

Taglines: The two amigos are back.

Country: UK

Language: English

Release Date: 3 Jan 2017

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Did You Know?

Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon talk about the song "The Windmills of Your Mind" by Noel Harrison and it is played at the film's ending. A different version of this song by The King's Singers was played at the end of the final episode of I'm Alan Partridge (1997), where Alan goes to see the unsold copies of his autobiography being pulped. See more »

User Review



Those coming into this third outing of The Trip should not be shocked to learn that the series is not changing directions at this point. If anything it seems to be entirely content with its base elements and keeps doing them. The good news though is that it does them a bit more than before. On the surface this means that the food and locations look even better and the show continues to take plenty of time over them. Personally though what I liked was that the more barbed content was pushed to be more than just brief moments of sad looks or moments alone for the characters.

There seems to be more teeth and edge to this season, and I liked that the riffed digs and remarks tended to be closer to the mark and has some weight to them. Likewise the moments of reflection for the two leads seemed more genuine – and it connected into their discussions whether it be the shared experience of aging, or the attempts to be more than they are perceived to be. I imagine that their characters are far from their real selves, but at the same time a lot of it seemed convincing and engaged me more for it.

The riffing and joking will not be to everyone's taste, but I enjoyed the gentle tone of it. The impressions are a bit more balanced out with other material, and there were only a few bits that I felt it could have done with less of (the guessing the bill bit for instance – although on repeat it does at least get used to reveal tension). Coogan and Brydon are both on good form, and they carry the season as normal. The loose plot is engaging enough to do the job – although I have no clue what sort of an ending that was meant to be (Coogan out of petrol, confronted by what appears to be ISIS). It was out of nowhere and just weird.

Mostly this Trip has the same flaws and strengths as the ones before. There are things I think it does better, but generally if you liked the others or not, the outcome will be the same here.]


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