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The Trip To Greece
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- Aspect Ratio : 1.77:1
- Language : English
- Product Dimensions : 1.4 x 13.5 x 17 cm; 80 Grams
- Item Model Number : MMA6469
- Director : Michael Winterbottom
- Media Format : DVD
- Run time : 1 hour and 50 minutes
- Release date : 3 June 2020
- Actors : Rob Brydon, Steve Coogan
- Subtitles: : English
- Studio : Madman Entertainment
- ASIN : B086X8ZJWW
- Number of discs : 1
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Starring Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon comes the next instalment of Michael Winterbottom's much-loved comedy series, THE TRIP TO GREECE. When Odysseus left Troy it took him ten years to get back to his home in Ithaca. Steve and Rob -- on their very own odyssey, ten years after their first trip together - have only 6 days. On the way they argue about tragedy and comedy, myth, history, democracy, and the meaning of life.
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Also, Steve seems to constantly run Rob down and say how much better he is than Rob (I know it's a fictional show, but it still is not good entertainment). Finally, without giving away the storyline, the last episode is not entertaining at all - it's just miserable. I was actually glad when it finished.
The other 3 "Trips" were good & I would watch them again, but I won't watch this series of "The Trip" again.
It might well be a work of fiction, but when fiction approaches reality so closely, it inevitably becomes reality. And then what are we left with? Two actors on a jaunt through Greece (not that we see much of Greece) immersed in self-indulgent dialogue that is neither particularly amusing nor inspiring. Humour that relies mostly on impressions, but neither Coogan nor Brydon are particularly good impressionists and they lack wit. They eat fine food, but are largely oblivious to what they are eating. They visit ancient monuments (for a couple of minutes) but are clearly not interested in them. They interact less with their surroundings (people and place) than a couple of blokes on a package-holiday to Magaluf.
So what is the point of this? It fails as satire, it fails as comedy, and it fails as travelogue. If it has any entertainment value at all, it’s probably as an after-dinner conversation topic in Hampstead over coffee and Armagnac.
The Trip to Greece would have been brilliant, if they’ve said “She was only 16 years old” at least once. Or they could have used “He was only 54 years old” in the scene where they realize they couldn’t have taken part in the Sparta elders council, made up of men over the age of sixty.