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Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa [Blu-ray]
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 1 June 2015
I didn't like this at first, but I've re-watched it a couple of times and now I really like it. What you have to accept straight off is that ALL half-hour comedies which attempt to transfer to 90 min movies suffer for it, and they necessarily have to make changes to the pace and which characters are used and how. On my third watching I've begun to really appreciate all the small jokes which are really rammed in everywhere they can go, too many to recall.

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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 12 March 2015
Confession time.... Having never seen the tv show this wasn't high on the must watch list. However with good critical reviews and generally good word of mouth I was pleased when the opportunity to watch it came up.

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
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Steve Coogan plays Alan Partridge, a forty-something Norfolk radio presenter, who has hugely questionable social skills and a complete lack of diplomacy or tact when interviewing his guests. His small, local radio station is being taken over by a huge, global media corporation, Goredale Media, and making a lot of the station staff redundant in the process. One of the co-presenters, a feisty, fifty-something Irish chap named Pat Farrell, doesn't take too kindly to getting the boot, and takes the staff hostage at gunpoint and armed to the teeth with explosives and ammunition.
Alan soon finds himself caught in the middle of the hostage situation, and liaises with the local police force and Scotland Yard to try to bring the situation under control. The gunman Pat insists that Alan should act as the go between for the hostages and the authorities, and Alan unwittingly blunders his way into the centre of the drama...
Unlike in the wonderful Alan Partridge TV series, where characters like Alan's personal assistant Lynn, the hotel handyman Michael, and the Ukrainian girlfriend, feature very heavily, here they have much less prominent roles or else they don't feature at all, which is very disappointing if you're a big Alan Partridge fan like me. Equally bad is that Alan's character in this movie, somehow seems much less campy and deliciously foot in mouth than he is in the TV show, which is quite a let down. The shining brilliance of the TV show largely came from Alan's staggeringly inept bedside manner as a chat show host, but here that hilariously awful aspect of his character is strangely muted.
This is by no means a bad film, but it really suffers for comparison with the exceptionally funny TV show. Fawlty Towers never made the transfer to the big screen and it's debatable whether Basil Fawlty's character would have translated well to a full-length movie. I don't think that Alan Partridge really works in a 90 minute film, especially without the essential back up of his likeable TV chums. As somebody who is a huge fan of Alan Partridge, and owns all the shows on DVD and audiobooks, I so wanted to love this film, but it didn't give me a single belly laugh or even a titter. Sadly, it's a 2 star film really, but as a fan I couldn't quite bring myself to vote such a low score for the brilliant Steve Coogan.
Thank you very much for taking the time to read this review.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 10 August 2014
Disappointing really. Sets off in a similar vain to previous shows in his series that I love. However just fails to deliver on every level IMO in comparison to earlier shows. Hardly laughed to be honest. Still - mildly entertaining - not just one of Alan's finest moments in my opinion.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 20 August 2014
I love Steve Coogan, but I don't think this is one of his best films. Not as funny as I had been led to believe.
Steve Coogan can write so much than this.
I knew I wouldn't watch it twice, so gave it jumble sale
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 11 January 2015
I thought I liked Steve Coogan but I found this film to be very disappointing.i only laughed a few times throughout & they were not loud ones! reading the reviews this was just not my sense of humour.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 10 September 2014
Never having followed the exploits of East Anglian local radio DJ and all-round narcissist Alan Partridge, but having gained the impression that the character was best left in the past, I approached this movie with fairly low expectations. Happily these were confounded, as the film’s razor-sharp wit, snappy dialogue, and larger-than-life characters were hugely entertaining from start to finish.
Facing being replaced with stereotypical yoof presenters, and deemed surplus to requirements by soulless new management, Alan is quick to dodge the bullet by cravenly putting the spotlight on friend and fellow presenter Pat Farrell, who is subsequently fired by the station. Congratulating himself on his quick thinking, Alan has reckoned without the vengeful Pat, who returns to the station with a shotgun, taking control and holding Alan and others (including the new manager) hostage. Cue Alan’s ineffectual attempts to talk Pat down, as the increasingly deranged former presenter proceeds to broadcast his old show once more, with Alan and the latter’s own co-presenter Sidekick Simon joining him in an uneasy alliance.
Alongside Steve Coogan as Partridge, Colm Meaney plays Pat, Tim Key is Sidekick Simon, and impressionist Phil Cornwell appears as a rival DJ. The cast is what really makes this, however a combination of clever verbal references, sight gags, slapstick and general buffoonery from the lecherous Partidge, make up what is a thoroughly engaging and riotous 90 minutes.
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Following on directly from Mid Morning Matters, Alan's transition to the big screen is a huge success. Well written and observed, all aspects of Alan's character are developed well, taking full advantage of the extended story time and bigger budget. For me, it was great to see the return of Lynn, one of the best characters of previous series, and Michael also has a funny role. Whilst I was slightly wary, I needed be. Coogan has shown that the depth of Alan's character is well worthy of a cinema drama. And Norfolk and Cromer Pier make great backdrop.
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on 13 June 2015
Good film. Clever dialogue, amusing. Not hysterical, but entertaining. recommended, but just don't expect hollywood blockbuster. This is a comedy and should be praised for keeping it real, and sticking to the man of the Radio and his ultra selfish ego. This just does the slime proud. Does he redeem himself in the end and show the world he is a good, moral, decent dude? Nah not really, but his hearts in the right place, where that is, only he knows, probably in one of his perverted fantasies.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 22 January 2014
No need for a story synopsis but just let me say that I am sorry this film was ever made.

You would think that by adding a ridiculous story line that hilarious comedy would burst forth. Well that never works in Hollywood and it has not worked here.

Alan Partridge certainly is a finely crafted character and is always shown at its finest when in full flow against characters that are, well more normal than he.

Here we get to see less of true Partridge and more slapstick and situation comedy.

I for one could not care less about a story line, a week in the life of AP radio dj would have been far superior. Or even a truck siege at Michaels petrol station.

Watch it hopefully you will get more out of it than me.

In this instance less story would have equaled more film.
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