The Trip to Greece Review

Summary

Published on May 22, 2020

'Another scene has the duo discussing Alexander the Great before leaping into impersonations of Marlon Brando and Ray Winstone -- 'I lost a part to him once! ' -- and eventually performing a full-fledged improv scene revolving around an extremely horny Henry VIII.

Intercut between these comedic bits are shots of people in kitchens cooking food, and intermediate story beats involving Coogan dying father and Brydon relationship with his wife. I do not know enough about either actor to differentiate fact from fiction, suffice to say some of the more dramatic scenes felt a tad, ah, forced. Or, thrown in because the producers needed more of a reason to send its two supremely gifted talents on an all-expense vacation to one of the most beautiful areas of the world.

-- even if locations such as that shrine to Aristotle, which basically amounts to a bunch of rocks, failed to leave much of an impact. Fans of either actor will revel in the opportunity to spend a couple of hours listening to the pair reflect on life and theorize about such things as where the term, 'Blow smoke up your ass,' originated from. I enjoyed the duo observational humor regarding everything from social media to Odysseus, and loved their takes on classic films such as Chariots of Fire, which they sum up as, 'Some posh people learn to run really quickly, the end.

That show similarly dispersed dramatic moments of introspection between the hilarity but did so in a way that felt more organic to the overarching story. Trip to Greece wants to carve a deep path to the soul with its ruminations on all things life and death and numerous allusions to Homer The Odyssey, but mostly just sullies the fun.

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