Title: Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa Director: Declan Lowney Year: 2013 Run time: 1 hr 30 mins
So, I really was not aware of the Alan Partridge phenomenon - only as a name. I vaguely knew there was a TV show, and I saw a particularly unfunny sketch on a charity telethon once. But Mr C was keen on watching this film, and I wanted to see it so I could then look at the script book (I love scripts!)
2:34 - Which IS the worst monger? 5:14 - Shed as office is brilliant. 7:11 - Shape! Perfect generic name for a radio takeover. 10:10 - “You never know what’s around the corner.” “More corners, usually.” 17:56 - That’s some genius insight about moths right there. 24:30 - I feel like that in a car wash. “Angry brushes coming towards me.” 27:05 - I don’t think I would have an answer to what my favourite siege is. 31:35 - Funny YouTube vides could save the world. 35:37 - Jingle genocide! 40:54 - I reckon there are worse places to be holed up than in a radio station! 45:45 - He’s shouting Alan over and over again. Talk about your YouTube meme. 48:50 - “Oblong plate, square bowl, go figure.” 57:36 - Sandra Bullock would say, relationships that start in intense situations never last. 1:03:43 - “I want to lend my soul to them on a long term basis for cash.” 1:06:43 - He’s not good at lying, there’s too much detail! 1:11:20 - Loving the mobile radio station too. 1:14:17 - I thought that sign would come back to haunt him, and then totally forgot! 1:18:43 - This is an armed siege. “How long is it going to go on for?” 1:22:14 - Imagine if the last words you heard were “You gave me all that bacon.”
It was good. I was sure I was going to use our twenty minute “stop-watching” rule but I didn’t need too. It was funny in the right places, and interesting enough - I don’t really understand why the character is so enduring, he didn’t seem particularly special… just an amusing guy. It was very BBC, you know, all the people that you recognise from TV, which isn’t a bad thing, but made it feel more like an extended TV special rather than a big Hollywood film.