British comedian Jack Whitehall has long been a favorite of mine. I'm not sure whether it's the posh accent or just his ability to have a laugh at his own expense. In his latest show, Jack Whitehall: Travels With My Father, the young comedian jaunts across Southeast Asia trying to recreate the gap year that he abandoned years ago. The twist is that he brings along his father, television producer, agent and author Michael Whitehall, for the ride.
I've had the chance to travel with my father a bit, but we're pretty much the same person. In Travels With My Father, Whitehall is determined to regress into pre-university life while dragging his 77 year old father along with him. As you can imagine, there's plenty of laughs to be had.
Caught somewhere between a travelogue, road trip show and family social psychology drama, Travels With My Father actually manages to get a pretty unique look at the exotic locales of Southeast Asia. Sure the plot is manufactured for laughs but the reality of a 28 year-old comedian following his suit wearing, high-minded father around shows the faults of trying to create an authentic "experience."
We all experience the world differently and so we all travel differently. Sometimes getting out of your routine can really show you knew things but it can also lead to some really crazy and uncomfortable experiences. At its heart, Travels With My Father is about a relationship, a fraught one at that. As we see through the adventures, these are two people who barely know each other and somewhere inside, really want to.
Full of laughs, weird destinations, odd characters and fun moments, Jack Whitehall: Travels With My Father is the perfect binge watch for this weekend. It might even make you want to head to Phuket or Cambodia. Or maybe just to call your own father. Either way, it's a good time.
Jack Whitehall: Travels With My Father is available on Netflix here.