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is anyone else lookin forward to it?
Have tickets for Wednesday night already and early reviews all sound very positive and like they've got it right.
The fact my favourite Partridge stuff goes something like:
Day Today > I'm AP S1 > I'm AP S2 > MMMatters > I, Partridge > Places of our lives > KM,KYule > KMKYou
Means I'll probably like it more than most though
i just don't see how it can possibly be funny.
The problem is?
Coogan's character acting has properly declined since then, as anyone who's seen him live would second. Mid-Morning Matters was good, but as much for Tim Key and the setting. Someone on here nailed it when they said "it looks like Coogan's forgot how to play Partridge".
Genuinely can't remember him doing Partidge since I'mAP, except for the reasonably funny book. So I won't go in expecting the pinnacle of Partridge humour...but mediocre Patridge beats most other comedy films I've seen.
and i really liked it
A few things Coogan said in recent interviews slightly surprised me - he thinks the new writers get AP better than anyone else he's worked with, he's sort of likeable and that he tries to move with the times.
I never felt AP was likeable or tried to fit in with modern times myself under Ianucci's directorship, but he's always existed in Coogan's head so I guess he understands him better than anybody else?
Or maybe he's trying to make him more likeable as he's essentially turning into the guy...?
Got the audiobook and think it's my favourite AP material. 7ish hours of non stop gold.
Especially the chapter about the catchphrase "A-ha!"
If it was just like a normal episode over a longer period of time it would be great but having some high-stakes hostage drama type nonsense doesn't exactly fill me with confidence
But Coogan and his writers have said they were aware of that issue. They acknowledged that fans would be happy with just Alan dismantling trouser presses, but they had to stretch the appeal somehow. So apparently the final thing is narratively like a film...but all within a small town/small time setting.
It was shit, but it promised Steve Coogan as Hades and Sean Bean as Zeus. I was pleased to see that Hades was Tommy Saxondale, down to the beard, clothes, and accent.
can't shake off the fear it'll be rubbish, even with positive reviews. I mean, even The Simpsons movie had positive early reviews. Wasn't a great fan of the most recent stuff on Sky Atlantic/online, but the (audio) book was brilliant, so I am clinging to that.
but every review seems to be glowing.
But every review these days is generally glowing as film companies pay magazines and sites to give them good reviews for the posters. Few sites seem to have as much integrity now they rely on online advertising for revenue.
How else do we explain why everyone thought 'The World's End' was a 4/5 film?
If the early previews are bad, they just phone up a few lesser known film mags and ask for a 4 star review and a few choice words like 'Fantastic' or 'Amazing' to be added in to whack on the poster in return for a few quid or a weekend away. Happens whenever a film gets a mauling.
If you have a look, most of those 4 star reviews are usually from fashion / gossip / shit lads mags or online blogs.
do it so much, and this film has had good reviews on most of those now, but it certainly applies when a film is looking like it'll bomb at early previews.
So disappointing. Saw a trailer for Alan Partridge before the above and I'm fairly certain it's going to be great.
compared to other media such as Video Games and Music
To be fair, scoring systems for reviews have been a joke for years now across most publications
It's pretty good.
I know some people who really loved S1 of I'm Alan Partridge, but hated S2 as they thought they got Alan's character wrong, that many of the supporting characters were annoyingly OTT and badly written, and that the naturalistic feel of S1 had been abandoned in favour of an easier, broader, more panto-ish level of humour.
Those people will almost certainly be disappointed by Alpha Papa for the same reasons.
The big-screen Alan is the same Alan as in Mid-Morning Matters/Places of My Life - that is, more comfortable, more confident than Alan in KMKY/IAP s.1, and therefore not as immediately pitiable.
Certain supporting characters behave in a really unbelievable way, simply to move the story on (most notably, the obnoxiously corporate new owner of North Norfolk Digital) – and that does grate a bit.
The siege plot has a fairly predictable arc – and, probably because it's so predictable, the last third of the film drags a bit.
HOWEVER - IMHO for the most part it really works. The Norfolk setting, the perfectly observed parochialism, the inclusion of certain key supporting characters – it's all Prime Alan. It's full of genuine laugh-out-loud lines, the slapstick and sight gags are handled well, and, while there's concessions to it being "cinematic," none of it goes against what it is that makes Alan Partridge such a brilliant character.
A solid 3-and-a-half out of 5.
Sure I'll probably enjoy it a fair bit then
*I'm laughing at season 1 there by the way.
So annoying when people forget that the general consensus with IAP2 when it was being aired, was that it was a real let down.
Looks through your music library, plays your music interspersed with Partridge chat with Sidekick Simon as if it's a full radio show.
Pretty sure it's the best film tie-in app ever. PRETTY SURE.
hope it's not shit
and guess what? its great! they had us in the palm of their hands though - they'd left shop soiled chocolate oranges on the cinema seats before it started.
I'm not going to get to see it this week and then I'm on holiday (I'M GOING ON HOLIDAY) for a fortnight and then everyone will have seen it.
This is my generation's Woodstock and I'm going to miss it
Makes sense now thinking back to the TV series
Not spectacularly hilarious but I had a smile on my face pretty much throughout and let out a few laughs. There was one bit that gave me the giggles for about 5 minutes but I can't remember what it was. They did really well to create a cinematic storyline yet still make it feel like a regular episode (albeit a 90 minute one).
"If you mess up I'm going to take this uniform off and make you pay"
"... You want me to buy a police uniform?"
Or something like that anyway :D
really, really funny, well played, well-written. coogan humanises partridge to the degree he needs to in order to make him the protagonist in a film but never shies away from his idiocy, pompousness and cowardice. whoever was saying further up the thread that he's 'forgot(ten) how to play partridge'is well off base. absolutely loved it. so pleased. will go again at the weekend i reckon.
is how perfectly it got the blend between TV show and cinematic. It made it so that it'll appeal to people who have never seen Partridge to die-hard fans and no one iwll be disappointed.
I was also shocked at how the fact its centred around a siege never seemed like it was unrealistic or had jumped the shark.
and the fella from Four Lions
was driving me mental.
The love for the film was unanimous.
stop talking about this until I've seen it
normally hate being in a packed cinema, but it was actually really interesting to hear what gags went down the best, in relation to volume of lols.
the character has certainly developed, but the new context and lifestyle justifies the tweaks. this isn't an entirely desperate man living in a travelodge anymore, so why would he act exactly like that.
think it will improve with multiple viewings too, with the more subtle gags digging their way into your head with repetition.
so yeah...i personally think that comedy is consistently the weakest element of cinema today....they just don't make very funny films that much......so this will probably be the funniest film you watch this year. POSTERQUOTE
Mid Morning Matters seemed great. This was good but not as many real laughs.
I'm sorely tempted to go just to watch this bit again.
There weren't that many big laughs, maybe because hardly anyone else in the cinema was laughing so i felt a bit self conscious, but I as giggling pretty much solidly the whole way through.
That scene where Michael appears about 1/3 of the way in :')
Beer and Partridge... thats a good Friday
I was there too!
(although I'd done my boozing earlier in the evening, and got Minstrels rather than cake)
I got a couple of beers as well but this ended up in me needing a pee twice, so you probably saw me twice, needing a piss! You've seen me at a low moment :(
and a sense of mild amusement of actually being out on a friday night having managed to get friends to babysit....
sort of. it did feel momentus, in a funny way.
there was one bit which elicited three successive seperate laughs. like a laugh combo, just from the one funny bit.
when Michael jumps off the pier. so futile :DDD
Seven on Ten.
I've seen it, it's really funny.
oh yeah. i went to see this earlier. i live twenty miles from norwich and SIX people turned up to the screening. oh my god. the film is really brilliant; Pat is a great character; Sidekick Simon such a good addition to the Partridge brand.
I've got balls coming out my arse <- megalol
most of us agreed it was probably the most outright funny film we have seen in a cinema for ages (but that isn't saying much), plenty of great visual gags and it was pretty much the perfect length.
The final ten minutes are pure solid gold, very enjoyable.
it managed the whole being cinematic thing without feeling out of place, the whole dialogue and series of scenarios that happen during the whole siege are all very low key.
yup getting this for the dusty blu ray
we didnt stop, but the lights didnt come up which usually indicates a post sequence, and surely they cant leave Michael like that?
they did just leave Michael like that (which I thought was quite funny).
It was funny, I liked it.
i always thought Partridge was a cult (i hate that word) character but I saw it in a sold out screen of around 600 people
The bit where he was trying to climb in the window :'D
Also Michael on the Pier. <3
I thought it was really stilted and awkward. I laughed a few times, but it was no way near the kind of level I was hoping it would be.
And I say that as someone who made a unilateral decision to stop listening to I, Patridge in public because it was getting embarrassing how many times I was getting shaky shoulders from laughing.
Biggest mistake was making him almost the most sympathetic person in the room at any given time - surrounded by a wanker radio boss, maniac with a gun, bastard police chief, tosspot young breakfast DJ etc etc. he was the most relatable. That's completely the opposite to what makes him funny normally.
I wonder how much of that is down to Coogan doing so to keep his sanity / as he sees a bit of Alan in himself?
he was using the whole thing to escalate his career
and least we forget him leaving sidekick simon to die at the start of the siege, telling him not to let his love interest go free until he finds out she has kids, the fact he got Pat sacked to begin with, his comments to lynn, trying to pro-long the siege to garner more screen time... yeah he's still a prick but not in a way thats CRINGE comedy kind of way and I think it worked... personally.
fuck XD sorry
Cringe comedy has been done to death a bit now.
I thought the film was really funny! Just remembered the jingle recording bit.
there's no fog!
Oh wait, you can
i want to save it up.
#1 he looked younger than he did in I'm Alan Partridge
#2 should have incorporated Swallow somehow
not sure which one it is
i was worried about it before i watched, but it's hardly noticeable if you ask me.
Partridge would definitely dye his hair if someone told him it would make him look younger.
The usual AP would accuse someone of being a hippie if it was touching the back of their collar like that
I just got the joke in the Dante Fireplaces epidode.
he thinks the man is calling him a cunt.
jack a nack a nory
Which I am a bit surprised about given its blockbuster season.
The bit with the Ski Sunday theme made me laugh for a lengthy amount of time and I'm not even sure why.
great mix of partridge style humour with more big-screen suited stuff. a few airplane-esque gags crept in which i thought worked really well, like the bit where he is going to the police station and a couple bits at the end.
he looked a lot younger but whatcha gonna do
Did anyone else spot Jasons Statham, Bourne and Argonaut in the credits at the end??? While waiting for the post credits Michael scene? :(
I think will improve with multiple-watches, much like all other AP.
On a JAG related note.
The company who're printing the Alan P tribute t-shirts I designed have put them back on sale for a limited period to commemorate the film. In case any of you are as superfan as I.
= who are. Not whore. No.
Still laughed a lot though, 7/10 for me. The acting by everyone from that takeover firm for the radio station was absolutely shocking.
Best Norwich in-joke was when he commandeers the ladies car only to turn into the police station.
Also Cromer Pier has a very nice restaurant on it. Recommend the beef and olives.
I'd forgotten how great it is.
'Then it hit me in the bath. BAM! Ulrika!'
'I was handed a piece of Toblerone by Pepsi. Or Shirley. From Pepsi or Shirley. It was gratifying to have a member of a popular pop combo come in and praise me in my booth. I thanked Pepsi (or Shirley, from Pepsi or Shirley)'
practically every sentence is a punchline and his perception of all the stuff that we have seen on TV is incredible.
Love hearing his twisted perspective of events, really adds another layer to the TV shows.
"I won’t have been the first British chat show host to kill a man on air, and I won’t be the last. But I make no excuses for what happened. I accept complete responsibility and you’ll not find me making mealy mouthed excuses for what was a truly tragic event. What I will say is this…"
Im someone who thought S2 Im alan partridge was pretty poor.
But the development of his character, and the humour from mid-morning matters onwards is fantastic.
I thought Mid-Morning Matters was a load of old balls, and the movie was only a little bit better than that. But if you like Mid-Morning Matters, you'll probably like the film
Leave him alone for 5 years? Put him back on telly following his high profile role? Leave him where he is? Lower his career further by making him do voice overs / front corporate functions?
satisfyingly non hollywood (makes the worlds end look a much poorer comedy) Mrs Knees and both sons thought it was great too.
Not that its my favourate bit particularly, but I just thought Id mention that I thought the 'getting through the window scene' was as perfect an example of physical comedy as you will ever see'
Alan Partridge's comedy range is far broarder than perhaps we realise, he can do ANYTHING
Good to see that it's moved on from cringe comedy, but still retained his sense of self-delusion.
with this and mid morning matters though it kind of feels like they've forgotten how to write the character and were just making him say all the funny stuff they could think of. liked the michael and lynn bits best
I and everyone else in the screen was laughing out loud for most of the film!
Good plot, good performances, good siight gags, some hilarious quotable lines. It had me at ''Cuddly Toy''
...oh no that's lesbians
To early at the moment, but I reckon there are a whole bunch of quotes that will become DiS Social Board staples once it is out on DVD
took the missus who laughed like a duck from start to finish. great job.
Might go tonight.