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Nice production but not that funny,
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This is a movie spin-off of the television series, which tells a potted history of Alf from the outbreak of World War II until the sixties. That's a lot of ground to cover, though it dwells mainly on the war years, and then skips into the fifties and sixties. All the familiar faces are there, and are on good form. It ought to be a riot but for me it fell a bit flat. The story lacks comic bite. I was waiting for Alf to launch into a fighting monologue about society's wrongs, but he never really gets his moment despite ample material and provocation. What we do get is a bit of vented spleen here and there, and a classic political war of words with Una Stubbs later in the plot.
It is very nicely made, with war-town London portrayed excellently and with great sense of nostalgia. It is certainly pleasant viewing, but that's not what Alf is all about. It's about the script, and it just wasn't strong enough for me. I wanted to be falling off the sofa laughing, but I wasn't. It was all just a bit too cosy. Give me Alf at full blast, yelling and fist-waving. By the end of it I had to paraphrase the man himself... "I'm goin' down the pub!"
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Initial post: 15 Mar 2011 17:54:02 GMT
John Parry says:
This review is pertinent and reflects my own feelings about the film. Till Death Us Do Part was brilliant, vital and relevant because it allowed Speight to pour into the half hour genre the polemics of the age as seen by four idiotic polemicists. The synthesis of superb comedy with politics and social issues was what made Till Death great. It could never work successfully in feature length format. At its very best Till Death required a living room, a dining table, a pub counter for its polemicists and just 30 minutes into which to condense the manic and mad. Sufficient was sublime, too much made it ordinary.
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