The Grand Tour: A Massive Hunt Review

As our trio of beloved controversy boxes near the end of their long and winding road, the team behind Amazon Prime’s The Grand Tour are preparing audiences for the final bow. A few stutters and false starts are inevitable for careers that last so long, but A Massive Hunt is another piece to their fond, expensive farewell. The Herculean efforts of Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond find the trio in search of buried treasure. Similar to their search for the source of the River Nile, this time these car journalists are off to find the hidden riches of La Buse, the infamous pirate that plagued the shores of Madagascar. 

What may worry some is that A Massive Hunt is far removed of what this trio usually do. The humour is still alive and well. Taking on different forms than usual, A Massive Hunt feels far more focused on scripted segments and pulling humour out of the natural chemistry between the trio. These faux bits of tension do heighten the drama somewhat, and they lead to some recurring skits, but the natural nature of these comedic moments is lost somewhat. Some moments, do smack of self-parody or something that winks to the camera, letting the audience in on the joke. Here, the joke seems to be “we know you know”. Whatever that means.  

Understanding that nobody really watches this show for the cars is fair enough, but the bold attempt to include them from time to time is an admirable attempt at collating these journeys with car-related content. Only a couple of scenes really make the cut. A quick drag race at the start of the show in France makes for the singular noteworthy car-oriented moment. The rest is devoted to the road trip, which isn’t as interesting as expected, tending to rely on a mud-encrusted May as its main source of entertainment. Funny the first few times it’s wheeled out, but loses its charm rather quickly.  

Although strong in places, something bubbles underneath this one. A sense that it’s all coming to an end is inevitable, but it shouldn’t feel this bleak. A Massive Hunt will provide fans of Clarkson, Hammond and May another piece of their feature-length charms, but it’s not too far out of the ordinary. Surprising considering the great lengths they went to with Seamen, but the budget only stretches so far. This second instalment of the curtain call blowout has its moments, more than a few of which recall the glory days, when the trio were at the height of their power. Strong at times, but not quite enough to warrant such a lengthy running time. The same problems Seamen struggled with; it seems these car enthusiasts are starting to run on fumes.  

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