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on 24 May 2014
I have always found Alan Partridge very amusing on TV. He is probably Steve Coogan's finest creation.

Unfortunately the hilarity of Alan Partridge has not translated to the big screen. Surprisingly Declan Lowney's slick direction is at odds with the world of Partridge and you realise the success of the TV show owed much to the understated nature of things. In the TV series, Alan was juxtaposed by his mundane surroundings and pedestrian colleagues - This made his unswerving ability to say the wrong the thing at the wrong time genuinely hilarious. In this film he is surrounded by zany people in a high budget production. This means Partridge's lack of self-awareness often ceases to be a comedy vehicle. There is no juxtaposition because the other characters are often more unpredictable and socially inept than Alan. It is an unfortunate oversight coupled with a choice of wardrobe and hairstyle that make Alan appear younger than his years. He is often neither socially blemished nor cheesy and that is what made him so funny.

This is not to say the film is completely bereft of humour. Steve Coogan is a great performer and there are a handful of genuinely good moments, but this film should have been painfully funny where it is mildly amusing. I am a bit gutted.
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