21 April 2011

The Trip

Directed by: Michael Winterbottom
Full credits at IMDb

Many of director Michael Winterbottom's movies blur the line between the fictional and the real; those that do can be divided into two categories: politically charged, human-scaled dramas about the Middle East (The Road to Guantanamo, In This World, A Mighty Heart) and artsy larks with Steve Coogan (24 Hour Party People, Tristram Shandy). Winterbottom's latest, The Trip, adapted from a six-part BBC series, falls firmly into the second camp: regardless of how much of it is "real," it's a conspicuous vanity project for Coogan, highlighting the actor's discontent with his failed personal relationships and hamstrung Hollywood career.

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