Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa review by George Hooper - Cinema Paradiso
Steve Coogan brings his unpleasant everyman to the big screen while ensuring he remains just as repulsive and offensive as he was, even given the time hes been away. Both clever and stupid at the same time, Alpha Papa is a big, bold tale of how finally after all these years Alan’s terrible deeds are finally catching up to him.
The film follows Alan (Coogan) as he tries to keep his job at a local Norwich radio station despite the new owners determination to fire someone. When Alan suggests Pat (Colm Meaney) he sets events in motion as Pat decides to take the staff hostage during a party at the station. However when Alan is sent in as negotiator things begin to really unravel as Alan tries to make cooler heads prevail but forgets to control himself.
Full to the brim of the same kind of wonderful blunders that made Partridge such a reliable and hilarious series, the film is also a smartly written satire on the state of Britain as a whole through the eyes of an aging presenter. Coogan charm to this tactless swine as Alan does horrible things and comes out blameless on the other side as if by magic.
Meaney is a perfect foil for Coogan, a gullible fool who has yet to see through Alan’s almost sociopathic facade. As Alan tries to cling to his D list celebrity, Pat carries the weight of life on his shoulders, something Alan hasn’t really experienced due to the lies and self adulation.
It’s British comedy at its best and a darn sight better than the widely anticipated but unremarkable The Worlds End thanks to an excellent script filled with jokes for everyone. As it turns out despite his years on the Bench, Alan Partridge is still the Alpha Papa.