Published on October 1st, 2013 | by Allan Brown4
Alan Partridge Alpha Papa Review
Movie Review: Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa (2013)
Duration: 90 min
Director: Declan Lowney
Writers: Peter Baynham, Steve Coogan,
Cast: Steve Coogan, Colm Meaney, Sean Pertwee, Felicity Montagu, Simon Greenall
Plot: When radio station Norfolk digital is taken over by a former presenter at gunpoint, Alan Partridge must work with police to defuse what could potentially become a violent siege.
Declan Lowney (father Ted, Little Britian) directs the long overdue feature of Steve Coogans finest creation, everyone’s favourite wally, Alan Partridge.
The story follows Alan on his greatest comeback yet as he attempts to resurrect his past stardom in the most unlikely of situations. When Norfolk Radio is hit with cutbacks Alan naturally flips into self defence mode, even if that means stooping to the lows of falsely volunteering fellow radio presenters for the chop. No sooner has Alan scribed “Just Sack Pat” on the meeting room board than the man himself is shown the door. Pat, unaware of Alan’s hand in his sacking hits back by taking the radio station hostage at gunpoint. Pat not willing to speak to anyone except Alan, decides to continue his show with Partridge as his right hand man (and negotiator). Alan quickly turns this televised siege to his own benefit in a bid to win the public’s affection catapulting him back to the top. But this plan all hangs on Pat’s state of mind, and of course him not finding out the truth.
It could be argued that the film is a little obvious and rather lacklustre in its narrative, offering nothing we haven’t seen before. While this maybe true, it can also be argued that this is accentually a vehicle for Steve Coogan’s character to run riot, the results… some of the best British comedy writing I have witnessed in years. This is Alan Partridge as we remember him not a dubbed down version for the wider market. The tone and humour of the TV series is maintained and nothing is compromised in a bid to reach a broader audience, which is often the case with the TV to Film transition. Partridge fans will rejoice and new comers to the character will be just as enthralled in this side splittingly hilarious 90 min venture, from one of Britain’s best loved comedy icons.
Summary: In a market that is saturated with American teen comedies, Alpha Papa is a fresh and hilarious alternative, and is a comedy that actually makes you laugh for once. Go see it, its Partridge at his BEST!