THE TRIP TO ITALY Spoiler Alert
This is a reboot of the 2010 film, mainly improvised, directed by Michael Winterbottom and starring Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon. Based on the TV series of the same name, it comes as welcome relief to a festival that has provided little to feel good about. The comic pair motor their way in their mini around the picturesque delights of Capri, Liguria, Tuscany, Rome and Amalfi, and as before they sample the culinary mouthwatering dishes of the places they stop at. There is the same brilliant banter of these two buddies cross impersonating Michael Caine, Christian Bale, Tom Hardy as they enjoy their own company and we enjoy theirs. They retrace the steps of the Romantic poetsâ€™ grand tour of Italy. There is a little sadness too when they reminisce about Father Time and how they are no longer young but middle-aged. Viewing the beauty of Italy lifts and transports your heart to this wonderful country that seems to have been embraced by the heavens as Rob and Steve walk the narrow streets or eat a meal on a balcony overlooking the sea. There is immediacy after watching this film to pack your bags and get away to this sun-drenched paradise. The vistas, the gastronomic treasures that tantalise the taste-buds, the serendipitous moments that awake them and us as they turn another corner or enter another building. Michael Winterbottom has handsomely directed a fine film that is a delightful experience and is much more than a celebrated travelogue. Italy is of course a country of dreams and dreamers where you can expect the unexpected, revel in the wonder of every day, and even bathe your ears in the romantic language that you hear. It has phrases that never leave you that you may not understand immediately but when you do it is like unwrapping a magical gift that you will want to share with others. Buona Notte e Sogni Dâ€™oro, meaning Goodnight, I wish you dreams of gold. And of course the country is a lover of films and has more film festivals and cinemas in Europe than any other and that is a definite plus. 20
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