Alan Partridge Alpha Papa (2013) Movie Review
Released : Oct. 21st, 2013
Reviewed : Dec. 19th, 2013
Genre : Comedy
Story (from IMDB) : When famous DJ Alan Partridge’s radio station is taken over by a new media conglomerate, it sets in motion a chain of events which see Alan having to work with the police to defuse a potentially violent siege.
Going from a doing shorts and skits for a character to moving that character into their own feature length film can be a big move that doesn’t always work well. Does Alan Partridge rise to the occasion like Mr.Bean did so many years ago or does it fall just a little short?
We follow big time British radio DJ Alan Partridge who after shortly having his company bought out and facing losing his job has a coworker fired instead to save himself. Soon though when during a party the station is taken over and the staff taken hostage the police turn to Alan Partridge to go in and save the day. Now the story moves along at a decent pace and hits all the plot points to ensure that it stays on track. Better yet for anyone unfamiliar with the Partridge character will still be able to grasp the film and enjoy it.
It does have it downsides going from skits to a full movie though. I did find the plot to start to just be stretched as much as possible almost in attempts to prolong the movie. Often times it feels like it goes from a funny skit to a scene that drags back to a funny one. This falls into the same case as Bad Grandpa does with that it is many skits plugged together to make a overall story. Now that isn’t to say that the story doesn’t help set the humor because it does, it just isn’t always needed.
Steve Coogan as Alan Partridge knocks it out of the park though. His jokes, facial expression, dedication, and everything is tremendous and he could easily pull the weight of the movie if need be. Colm Meaney plays ex co-worker Pat and has some scene stealing moments as well. Together on screen they work greatly. They are the two main stars however and the two you will most likely remember. Everyone will get lost in the humor or simply remembered by what their role was.
If you are looking for some great British humor then look no further. This will have you laughing throughout most of the film then when you aren’t laughing you will start to become bored on the prolonging of the film with scenes that do nothing. In the future hopefully either cut the length down or just a full length with several long skits in it. Otherwise it’s a great comedy with a huge downfall.