Monday, 19 August 2013

#68 ALAN PARTRIDGE: ALPHA PAPA

Starring Steve Cogan, Colin Meany, Felicity Montagu, Sean Pertwee and Tim Key. Written by: Steve Coogan, Armando Iannucci, Peter Baynham, Neil Gibbons, and Rob Gibbons and directed by Declan Lowney. Running time 121 minutes.

North Norfolk Digital gets taken over and to save his own neck, Partridge gets his fellow DJ, Pat fired instead. When Pat goes postal and takes the radio station and the management hostage, Partridge, seeing a chance to rekindle his fame, becomes Siege Face and the hostage negotiator.

An extremely funny, witty and thoroughly entertaining comedy, without doubt the funniest film I've seen all year. Steve Cogan's comic creation just keeps getting better with age, finally growing into his age and look. Cleverly avoiding the pitfall of other British comedy big-screen transfers, Alpha Papa keeps it small and simple by remembering that Patridge is in essence a small and petty man.

If you can't make up your mind to see this then ask yourself a question. 'Have you ever seen any of the many series of Alan Partridge in all of his incarnations (radio sports commentator, News-show sports commentator, Chat-show host, Motor-lodge resident, North Norfolk DJ)?' If you have, then you're in for a delightful continuation of Patridge thanks in no small part to the brilliant writing and Cogan's skill.

However, if you've never seen anything of Alan Partridge, then you're an idiot and I don't care if you see this and don't like it, you wouldn't recognise good comedy it if ran over you in a truck then reversed over you to ask you for directions to the comedy workshop at the local social club.

It's been a good year for British comedy this year, and for the best of it, see this!

9/10

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