The third installment in far-and-away the funniest franchise going, The Trip to Spain finds dueling impressionists, Steve Coogan (Philomena) and Rob Brydon, exploring the picturesque Spanish countryside, from the rainy north to the sunny Mediterranean south. A modern-day Don Quixote and Sancho Panza, the duo trade Marlon Brando, Mick Jagger, and of course, Michael Caine impressions, as they make their way through one succulent gourmet dinner after another. Situated somewhere between stand-up comedy special and upscale travel documentary—as only the “Trip” films are—the duo’s latest is also a portrait of fickle celebrity, the joys and disappointments of midlife, and quite unexpectedly, the changing cultural dynamics of a corner of Europe that was long ago ruled by the Moors. The Trip to Spain offers much more than breezy light entertainment—though it does this far better than most films too.
Director Michael Winterbottom | 2017 | In English | 111 minutes | NR | DCP