Gordon (Richard Lumsden) is determined that he and best friend Keith (Karl Theobald) will conquer Wainwright's Coast to Coast Walk from St. Bees in Cumbria to Robin Hood's Bay in North Yorkshire. But when a stray conversation determines that old school friends Steve (Jeremy Swift) and Julian (Ned Dennehy) join them on the trip, their best-laid plans reveal multiple mid-life crises.
Very funny mockumentary with great dialogue
- Downhill review by PV
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The only really bad thing about this DVD is that there is NO option for SUBTITLES! That is a real shame because the naturalist mockumentary style and the northern accents and mumbled dialogue mean that subtitles would have been very helpful.
Having said that, all else is positive. This is in the mockumentary tradition and probably influenced by Michael Winterbottom's The Trip with Steve Coogan and Rob Bryden BUT Downhill - a Road Trip is FAR funnier than that, and than any other Winterbottom film.
There are well-drawn characters, efficient flab-free storytelling in the script, lovely scenery, genuine surprised, probably the best drunken acting I have ever seen, and some great weather jokes!
OK, so the ending is a tad unbelievable (are non-friends really so forgiving after...well...no spoilers here). Also, I could predict parts of the screenplay and a couple of the issues each character had - because every major character has an issue, as screenwriting courses teach.
But I can forgive all that and could easily watch this film again now. It is more suited to TV of course than film, but the BBC would never ever be so creative as to take a risk on new writers and directors, preferring to stick with stale, tried and tested old hands or those with who get maximum diversity points to write about social issues.