Police! Camera! Action! It’s Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa.
REVIEW: Cops. Explosions. Shotguns. Partridge’s big screen debut is textbook action...
Wednesday, July 24, 2013 - 16:08
UK Release Date: August 7th 2013
Certificate: 12 (tbc).
Running Time: 121mins
Cast: Steve Coogan, Colm Meaney, Nigel Lindsay, Felicity Montagu, Sean Pertwee, Tim Key.
Director: Declan Lowney
Plot: North Norfolk Digital is taken over by corporate media giant Shape. Disgruntled former disc jockey, Pat Farrell (Colm Meaney) takes siege of the radio station’s offices. Alan Partridge (Steve Coogan) becomes a police negotiator and tries to resolve the stand off.
Best Scene: Alan seeking sanctuary from Pat’s shotgun in the radio road show van’s toilet.
Best One Liner: (Alan and Pat broadcasting live – to Norwich – from the siege) Alan: This - is radio gravy!
Date Movie or Mate Movie?: Easily both. If visiting owl sanctuaries has lost some of the romance, why not pop along to your local multiplex and share a shop soiled Terry’s Chocolate Orange with your special partner. Or if that sounds all a bit saaaaad, go grab your lad mates and have a ruddy good laugh at action hero Alan.
Scene Stealer: A cameo by broadcasting legend, Bruno Brookes.
Best WTF Moment: After Alan accidently gets locked out of the radio station, mid-siege; he tries sneaking back into the action through an open toilet window. However, Alan experiences an unfortunate wardrobe malfunction when his chinos, and pants, get snagged and he falls from of the toilet window totally naked from the waist down. Quickly Alan conceals his dignity between his legs but not before a sneaky paparazzi appears and snaps an unflattering action shot of Alan impersonating a lady-boy.
Summary: When the chips are down Alan Partridge steps up to the, twelve-inch plate. With big action and even bigger laughs in all the right places from one of Britain’s best-loved comedy creations, Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa really does deliver. It’s a very British movie that takes great inspiration from the Hollywood school of action blockbusters. Die A-HA-rd!
By Michael Currell @mtvuknews
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