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“The Trip to Spain” a Unique Travelogue

The British are known for their dry humor and two good examples are the stars of The Trip to Spain. Its number three in a series of road trips across European countries and Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon set out to test the food among the locals while creating a gorgeous travelogue of Spain’s amazing wealth of historical sights.

The drama starts off with Steve calling Rob that he will be touring Spain to promote his new TV series. He asks Rob to join him like he did in past tours of Italy and England. Rob accepts and the two take a ferry to Spain where they stare heir motoring around the country. They a dubbed Don Quixote and Sancho Panza by Steve’s manager for obvious reasons. Since the famous play “Man of La Mancha” took place in one of Spain’s provinces…well you get the idea.

Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon in THE TRIP TO SPAIN

Throughout the film the audience gets a view or mention of places like the Alhambra, The Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela the burial place of St. James, the birthplace of King Ferdinand, a Moorish Castle that’s now a hotel, and many more of the countryside. At each city Steve and Rob try out the cuisine and comment on the food. The portions served are very small, don’t look that appetizing and most of which are not anything extraordinary.

During the trip, the two talk about their personal life, most of which gets common place in today’s society. What does make it unique however, is the banter between the two who use voices of famous actors like Roger Moore, Sean Connery, Marlon Brando, Robert De Niro and whole lot more to add some comedy.

Coogan and Brydon as Don Quixote and Sancho Panza in THE TRIP TO SPAIN

Rob Brydon does a great job with his imitations of famous stars and animal sounds that does keep the film from being completely boring. Coupled with Coogan, it’s much needed comic relief from the dull description of area landmarks and the food. If you are reading this and are in Britain you are probably familiar with Brydon who has been a steady actor on TV shows including 20 episodes of “Gavin & Stacey”. He is currently playing himself on 18 episodes of the TV show “The Trip”, a spinoff of the movie series.

Steve Coogan, best known for his British voice used in many toons like Despicable Me and The Secret Life of Pets and in comical routines imitating the famous like his “Alan Partridge” series. In his recent movie The Dinner he plays the brother (Richard Gere) of a politician running for Governor. In 2014 he received two nominations for Oscars for his writing and acting role as part of the cast of Philomena.

The Trip to Spain has not been rated by the MPAA, but contains language.

FINAL ANALYSIS: Only if you are a fan of British dry humor or are a travel enthusiast.

Additional Film Information:
Cast: Steve Coogan, Rob Brydon, Marta Barrio, Clair Keelan
Directed by: Michael Winterbottom
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Travelogue
MPAA Rating: Not Rated, contains language
Running Time: 1 hr. 48 min.
Release Date: August 25, 2017
Distributed by: IFC Films

The comments within this review are the critic’s expressed opinions.

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Film Editor John Delia has been on all sides of the movie business from publications to film making. He has worked as a film critic with ACED Magazine for more than 12 years and earned a Bachelors degree in communications from the University of Florida. John is a member of the Southeastern Film Critics Association. Follow John on Twitter @staragent1 or send John a message at