Watched May 28, 2012
Steve Tothill’s review:
"THIS PICTURE REPRESENTS A SHOCKING COMMENTARY ON A PREVALENT TREND OF OUR TIME, AND ONE THAT MUST BE OF GREAT CONCERN TO ALL"
When I heard that this LSD movie contained the DNA to Easy Rider I just had to see it. The Trip is written by Jack Nicholson and features a dope smoking Dennis Hopper, you see. Plus, Peter Fonda plays a commercials director keen to try the drug in the hope of finding something out about himself. After taking it at a friend's house, played by the experienced Bruce Dern, Fonda witnesses a series of stroboscopic light shows that flicker between various pleasurable encounters. Imagining he's in various locations, he runs around the room like a toddler, while Dern chases after him, keeping him out of danger. It's all rather sweet until the introspective nightmare begins when Hopper appears (with a dwarf) and starts questioning him about his failings...on a carousel! Then there is an amazing moment in a wardrobe. From there things get really freaky as Fonda escapes the house and, outwardly acting completely insane, ventures into the crowded city. I had flashbacks to the New Orleans of Easy Rider, or is that flash forwards? The sudden changes from being with him inside his warped consciousness to observing his crazy behaviour, as he explores a laundrette, can't help but raise a smile. Did I just see Dick Miller in that club? I think I need to lie down for a while man. It's all getting on top of me.