'The Trip 2021' Movie Review: Why watch The Journey, the hilarious comedy that is all the rage on Netflix

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The magnificent tape by Tommy Wirkola that has been seen at the Sitges Festival

Movies about relationship problems are almost as old as commercial cinema. From the Hollywood screwball to action hybrids like 'Mr. And Mrs. Smith ’, the crisis in the marriage is a subject too succulent -and close- to pass it off as a good base in any genre. That is the basis of The Trip (Tommy Wirkola, 2021), the return of the Norwegian director of the 'Dead Snow' saga to his homeland, and the first comic role - and extraordinary - of Noomi Rapace (Dr. Shaw of the saga ' Prometheus').

A married couple in crisis travels to their house on the lake for a pleasant weekend. But behind this routine getaway, some secrets will quickly add up to an unpredictable escalation of violence. Not much more can be said because the grace of the new Tommy Wirkola film is to stick with this idea: add 'The War of the Rose' to the more cartoonish Coen cinema, add a good touch of slapstick a la Sam Raimi and sprinkle it with a bit of Scandinavian humor - which is surprisingly well understood - and the result is gross amusement just like himself.

Wirkola's utter disregard for the laws of physics or minimal decency makes viewing him a visceral experience. The comedy is such that he believes that he feels capable of getting into impossible tasks (a certain joke about rapes, done wrong, would end in an online cancellation campaign). Okay yeah, it's a shallow poop-ass-fart-pee staple, but it's so darn funny and so darn foul that you can't help but fall at your feet. Everything also channeled into the cast of him, especially the couple Noomi Rapace and Aksel Hennie. The continuous rise of taunts and whores -which takes to unsuspected limits- is great, aligned with the layer of bad slob that covers all his jokes.

A script full of unexpected comings and goings, which is continually revealed (and revealed) for you, dear viewer, who will be grateful like never before for this breath of fresh air in the form of a black comedy. The Trip is the perfect definition of stupid and violent humor, a great experience to share with one of those friends that it is better to know as little as possible. Let's forget for a while the good manners and political correctness hit those who, from time to time, complain that "these films could not be made today". Because it's not just that it's been done; if not, it is also hilarious.

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