Starring: Steve Coogan, Colm Meaney, Phil Cornwell, Felicity Montagu, Sean Pertwee, Simon Greenall
Directed by: Declan Lowney
Synopsis: When famous DJ Alan Partridge’s radio station is taken over by a new media conglomerate, it sets in motion a chain of events which see Alan having to work with the police to defuse a potentially violent siege.
The transition from small screen cult legend to big screen hero is obviously going to be tough. To pad out a 25-30 minute show for 90 minutes means you are always going to lose something in the translation. It depends how much. I think Alan Partridge comes out of the battlefield pretty well. As you would expect of such a man!
It’s not perfect, I prefer my Partridge in the confines of a Holiday Inn as in the TV show, rather than as a hostage negotiator. But this is Hollywood (kind of) so exceptions can be made. I can’t imagine an American audience would really tune in to a has-been TV chat show host-cum-radio non entity staying at a cheap hotel. So this was what Armando Iannuci and Steve Coogan came up with instead.
There was still numerous uproarious moments throughout, and Coogan clearly relishes transferring Alan to the silver screen. I thought some bits were not in keeping with the TV show but, again, that would come down to the run time.
The rest of the cast obviously take a back seat to Coogan, but all perform to their usual high standards when called upon (Meaney as well as regulars Cornwell, Montagu and Greenall).
Overall, although not quite hitting the heights I was hoping, this was still as good as it could get for Alan outside of a TV show I think, so it gets a solid