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Movie Review: ‘The Trip to Spain’ Is a Third Helping of Casual Comedic Gold

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[dropcap]I[/dropcap]t occurred to me while watching The Trip to Spain that Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon are the most natural of funny British actors. Even though they’re essentially playing semi-fictional depictions of themselves in the Trip movie series, there’s a grace to their comedic banter and frustrating plights that rings too true.

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Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon are at it again.

The filmmakers could tell me this was a documentary and I’d almost buy it because Coogan and Brydon are that good, playing off each other with an unmatched chemistry. That’s saying something for a film series where the two talents spend nearly their entire film at dinner tables trying to perform impersonations. They work and work and work on these voices and bits until they’ve got them just right to amuse themselves and anyone within earshot. Their riff on Tom Hardy’s portrayal of Bane in The Trip to Italy is probably one of the biggest laughs I’ve had of the decade.

Perfectly assembled from episodes of the TV series, The Trip to Spain finds Coogan and Brydon back on the job for reviewing food across the country of Spain. The plot and the characters are about as interested in the food as My Dinner with Andre was about dinner. Even the addition of the two having to pose for a photoshoot as Don Quixote and Sancho Panza is not all that punctuating either. And even their arcs of Coogan struggling to sell a screenplay and Brydon dealing with family life pales to humorous bits over dinner.

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Don Quixote and Sancho never looked so good.

It’s not that any of these plot developments are boring or even poorly executed. But when Coogan and Brydon start up with their impressions, the entire story stops for some of the most hilarious segments of any modern British comedy.

The most prominent impression the two try this time is Roger Moore, perfecting their delivery and tone for any conversation. And then a perfect moment arises for using it. While Coogan tries to impress some ladies with his knowledge of Spanish history, Brydon breaks into the conversation as Moore and continues to talk and talk and talk over Coogan until he’s not amused. This only makes the bit funnier as Brydon doesn’t know when to stop, pissing off Coogan by refusing to shut off the impersonation valve. It’s a smart move on the filmmaking side as they must have realized the Hardy bit from The Trip to Italy had such a magnificent lifespan for an extended period. They leave the comedic faucet on for quite some time and it’s nothing short of miraculous how long it can be funny, long past the point of Coogan enjoying Brydon’s voice.

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Another voice they try out is Mick Jagger, but Brydon starts it off with a story about how Jagger was trying to do a Michael Caine impersonation, only for Brydon to fire back with his more perfected Caine. During this conversation about that conversation, Coogan will chime in with his own attempt at Jagger. All of this starts with a simple mention of Jagger having kids over lunch. They’ll additionally do impressions of David Bowie and radio personalities talking about the top hits of the 1960s at the top of the hour.

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Movie Magic: The De-Aging Technique of The Irishman

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Have you read Izzy yet? If so, you know that Izzy makes the apples that give the Gods their youth and immortality. It also seems Robert De Niro discovered one of Izzy’s apples too… In Martin Scorsese’s upcoming biographical film, he stars as Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran, a labor union leader and alleged hitman for the Bufalino crime family. The trailer for the movie, which will premieres NEXT WEEK (!), also features a “de-aged” De Niro. “We’re so used to watching them as the older faces,” Scorsese said in an interview on the A24 podcast. “Does it change the eyes at all? …If that’s the case, what was in the eyes that I liked? Was it intensity? Was it gravitas? Was it threat?…How do we get that? I don’t know.” Some might consider this magic and I for one can’t wait to see the impact of Izzy’s apples on screen for myself. 😉

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“Captain Marvel” Retains Top Slot at the Box Office

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It’s no surprise that in its second weekend, the first Marvel Cinematic Universe of 2019 is still riding high. Captain Marvel, the latest in the MCU with Brie Larson starring as the lead, generated another $69 million over the weekend, placing its domestic total at $266 million. Tallying up the international box office, the film’s global total to date is $760 million. Despite the online controversy, the film is looking to be another strong box office smash for Disney and Marvel.

As for the premieres for the weekend, and there were plenty, they were all over the map. Just below Captain Marvel was the animated adventure Wonder Park, bringing in $16 million, another film with controversy when the director’s name was removed from the picture after sexual harassment charges. Five Feet Apart, the dying teen drama about a romance amid cystic fibrosis, only came in at #3 with a weekend gross of $13 million. And debuting the lowest in the top 10 for debuts was Captive State, a sci-fi dystopian tale, only making $3 million. The film debuted so low the little film No Manches Frida 2 was able to sneak about it at #6 with a gross of $3.8 million.

Drops were fairly low all around for the returning films, mostly because Captain Marvel was dominating the previous weekend. The only milestone worth noting is that The LEGO Movie 2, after six weeks at the box office, finally cracked $100 million. And the sun is now setting on Green Book’s post-Oscar run by coming in at #10 for the final weekend of its top 10 run over the past few weeks.

View the full top ten weekend box office results below:

Captain Marvel ($69,318,000)

Wonder Park ($16,000,000)

Five Feet Apart ($13,150,000)

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World ($9,345,000)

Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral ($8,085,000)

No Manches Frida 2 ($3,894,000)

Captive State ($3,163,000)

The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part ($2,135,000)

Alita: Battle Angel ($1,900,000)

Green Book ($1,277,000)

Next weekend, Captain Marvel may very well have some competition when Jordan Peele’s new horror film Us hits over 3,600 theaters.

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“Dragon” Continues To Soar, “Funeral” Close Behind, “Green Book” Back

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With little competition for the weekend, How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, the third in the animated fantasy saga, was able to secure the box office once more. In its second weekend, the animated epic made $30 million to push its domestic total to $97 million. So far the film has done about the same as the previous film and is on track to stay in the top 10 for a few more weeks in March.

Debuts this weekend were small with one big exception. Tyler Perry’s latest Madea film, A Madea Family Funeral, naturally made a relatively big splash with its dedicated audience. Starting at #2, the film made $27 million for its first weekend. No word on the budget yet but it’s most likely on a budget as most Tyler Perry productions are, so it’s safe to call this a success, especially for debuting with a box office so close to Dragon.

The rest of the premieres were not as strong at all. Greta, the new thriller starring Chloe Moretz, debuted all the way down at #8 with $4.5 million box office. To be fair, however, the film was in a constant battle for its spot as three other films also reported earnings around $4 million for the weekend. Of note, Green Book, fresh off winning the Academy Award for Best Picture one weekend ago, splashed back into more theaters to arise even higher in the top 10 with its domestic total now sitting at $73 million. Don’t count on it remaining there long as bigger blockbusters will be swooping as we plow through the last remnants of winter movies.

Check out the full listing of the top 10 box office weekend results below:

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World ($30,046,000)

Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral ($27,050,000)

Alita: Battle Angel ($7,000,000)

The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part ($6,615,000)

Green Book ($4,711,000)

Fighting With My Family ($4,691,284)

Isn’t it Romantic ($4,645,000)

Greta ($4,585,000)

What Men Want ($2,700,000)

Happy Death Day 2U ($2,516,000)

Next weekend is once again all about Marvel as their latest superhero solo film, Captain Marvel, will be appearing in 4,100 theaters.

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