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Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa [Blu-ray]
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Steve Coogan's legendary chat show host and broadcaster finally receives the big screen treatment in this comedy directed by Declan Lowney. Occupying a career stasis-defining role as a mid-morning DJ on North Norfolk Digital Radio, Alan Partridge (Coogan)'s hopes for one last shot at the big time suffer a severe setback when it emerges that his employers have been taken over by a giant media conglomerate. Alan soon finds himself back in the spotlight, however, when newly-sacked fellow DJ Pat Farrell (Colm Meaney) returns to the studio with a shotgun and begins taking hostages. Called in by the police to act as a hostage negotiator, can Britain's most famous Toblerone addict turn the tables and finally save the day?
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One criticism is that the beginning isn't very strong. There's good bits, but overall it probably would have helped with a few stronger jokes just to get it going, because there are some really good moments later on.
Coogan shows his strong acting ability, and he can be very subtle. His stress-nose-whine makes him sound like a wounded dog when he has that bust up with Lynne, which is a nice touch. Another subtle but hilarious bit I only got on the third watching was when he was regaling someone about his recent sexual encounter and his narrative goes from giddy and immature to a little melancholic and then tragic when he seems to realise to himself that he didn't know his own mother, and then cuts himself off.
If you're a Partridge fan and watched this once and thought it was crap, I recommend having a couple of cans and watching it again and then perhaps again. I have found it rewarding to do so, and I'm sure I'll watch it at least once or twice more. It's good, and in places brilliant.
Whilst not entirely my sense of humour there was a lot of entertainment to be had. As you all know by now Alan finds himself in a pickle when an disgruntled ex-employee decides to take revenge on the radio studio that sacked him. Holding his old colleagues hostage Alan is tasked to calm him down and bring the situation to an end.
Cue endless mishaps and dodgy quips as Alan uses the situation to bolster his flagging career more than making sure his friends make it out in one piece. The jokes come thick and fast and are generally well written and witty. There are moments where it feels like things are done just for a crude laugh such as Alan losing his trousers at one point, but you can't help but snigger at his misfortunes.
Overall generally a funny film. If you like Alan Partridge then I am sure this will be well up your street. For everyone else this is an entertaining, funny film
TV sitcoms transferred to the big screen rarely work; there is usually a broadening and cheapening of effects which invariably offers diminishing returns. This is not quite the case here, where, the occasional “slow” passage notwithstanding, it actually works as a film. This is in no small part thanks to the excellent supporting cast and, in particular, the performance of Colm Meaney in the pivotal role of Pat Farrell; he is by turns funny, touching, dangerous and entirely believable. Other notable cameos come from Phil Cornwell as another DJ on the skids and two favourites from the TV series, the wonderful Felicity Montagu as Lynn and Simon Greenall as Michael, who gets disappointingly little screen time.
Having said all that, I have to reiterate my preference for the earlier incarnations of Partridge to the more rounded character here; it is no surprise, perhaps, that the scenes that work most consistently well are those set in the studio with Alan and his Sidekick Simon, amusingly played by the comedian Tim Key, and the moment when Alan seizes the opportunity to indulge in banter with the assembled crowd of onlookers.
To sum up. Did I enjoy the film? Yes. Did it make me laugh? Yes (the scene where Alan loses his trousers made me weep with laughter). Was Steve Coogan brilliant as ever as Alan? Of course. Would I recommend it to Alan-lovers? I don’t need to! Would I recommend it to anyone looking for an enjoyable, funny movie? Absolutely!
I had high hopes for the movie and don't get me wrong it is very entertaining, just not as entertaining as the TV series. Almost every TV episode of AP are classics and hilarious.
The problem is that Alan lives his world in a shoe box and it is his mundane life and his outlook on the world that makes him ideal for TV. Just watch "Mid Morning Matters" for example, every episode takes place in a small room with Alan being a DJ and that is where Alan is at his best and it is one of the funniest DVD's out of all the series.
Now to get it to work on the big screen you can't have Alan just being a dork for nearly 2 hours, you have to create a huge story around it. That's the problem, Alan's world is too small to have a lot of attention. For it to be funny you need Alan to just be Alan and not for him to support a huge cast and a massive plot line. A movie is simply too BIG for Alan's world. He is at his best and the funniest when he is doing his DJ slot or bouncing off Lynn and Michael in his narrow minded world.
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If you are a fan of Partridge you've probably already seen it and loved it. If you aren't aware of Partridge (or even if you are aware but aren't really a fan) this film is worth... Read morePublished 7 days ago by Pete in UK
Great DVD, present for my partner who loves Alan Partridge. Very funny, highly recommended!Published 16 days ago by MISS JANE L WILDE
As a huge fan of the TV show, was sadly disappointed with this film. Many of the jokes fell flat, and it seemed to be lacking in the cringe-inducing humour of the series. Read morePublished 27 days ago by L. Kelly
I was in tears from laughing so hard when I first watched this. I think I watched it with my dad 3 times in the first week. It's so good. Wish they bought more out. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Alex