If you recognise my review title you will remember the good Alan Partridge from way back. That Alan is gone.
The time to make an Alan Partridge movie came and went with Y2K (remember when that was a big thing?). When the 90s ended Coogan changed the character and took him far away from the bumbling sports broadcaster struggling for metaphors and re-molded him into a depressed, self-alienating, and rather hateful figure. Where there was once a naive, inexperienced innocence there is now a bitter, self- aggrandising bully. It's never sat well with me and I like to disregard anything after I'm Alan Partridge Series.
In fact it seems that Coogan himself has lost track of the character's history as much of this film is completely out of whack with previously established AP. In 1997 he was 43. In 2013 he should have been 59. Instead he's 55. Lynn should be 66! Alan is asked if he has any experience with firearms and fails to remember that he shot dead odious restaurant critic Michael Winner...I mean Forbes McAllister. He's portrayed here as a coward when he's previously been quick to needless aggression and violence.
Now working as a low-brow DJ at North Norfolk Radio, Alan fears that he might be about to lose his job in the recent takeover by non- creative money-men who want to re-brand everything to something soulless and bland. In a panic he sells-out his 'friend' and fellow DJ Pat Farrell (Colm Meaney, the only good thing about this film) who then lays siege to the station after a quick mental breakdown. It's up to Alan to save the day and act as a buffer between Pat and the police.
It would be a decent set-up if ANYTHING remotely exciting or funny happened. Instead we get a series of frustrating scenes that go nowhere, forced humor with mostly bad timing (the excuse for Alan ending up half-naked is so weak I am amazed Coogan put his name to it), and some of the ugliest digital photography ever shown in cinemas. Alan is a monstrously unlikable character at this point and he's completely without an arc. Why should we care what happens to him? He doesn't deserve a happy ending. He's loyal to no one apart from his own self-interests. Pat is the only sympathetic or identifiable character in the film and he doesn't get the pay-off he, or the audience, deserves. Why is Michael the Geordie even in this? He has about 2 minutes of screen time and does NOTHING.
Alpha Papa is TV movie quality. It should never have been released in cinemas and is so far removed from the original character concept it is an insult to his earliest fans.
Action / Comedy / Crime
Action / Comedy / Crime
Radio DJ Alan Partridge is facing uncertain times with his radio station being taken over by a corporate conglomerate. He makes things worse when he talks down a colleague after a promise to talk him up. The colleague handles things badly and takes the radio station into his own hands, literally, by taking them all hostage. Envisioning all his action heroes in his head, Alan is going to save the day by becoming a go-between for the Scotland Yard. His method though will put himself and others in harm's way because Alan Partridge just can't keep his mouth shut.
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November 29, 2013 at 11:41 AM