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This review is from: Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa [DVD] (DVD)
I'm a great admirer of Coogan's work, but I (and my family) found this film disappointing. Rent, don't buy. The characterisation was overdone, too OTT. Not believable on any level. The humour was patchy and rather hit and miss.
Perhaps those who haven't ever seen Alan Partridge before might find it a more amusing film than I did. The Alan Partridge character began as a parody, poking fun at the methods and cliches used by journalists. It developed into a precursor of David Brent, a self-important man who couldn't see how ridiculous he was. In this film Partridge is little more than a clown. I could watch most of the old Partridge episodes again and again - every bit as good as Fawlty Towers - but I wouldn't watch this film a second time. Coogan's a superb actor when playing serious roles, of course, and was particularly impressive in "Philomena" and "The Look of Love". I hope he thinks long and hard before doing another Partridge film.
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Initial post: 4 Jan 2014 09:57:04 GMT
G. M. J. Jones says:
I cut my teeth on KMKYWAP and I honestly believe that the support cast gave a huge depth to the humour. It was a thinking man's humour, especially the old radio stuff. It is interesting that Marber has done serious stuff for years while Coogan has dabbled at a number of projects. He's an enigma really.
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