Over the years actors have taken characters from earlier in their career and given them the big screen treatment in hopes to give them new life. Rarely are ones like Steve Coogan’s character Alan Partridge that has had numerous incarnations in various media over the years and remained a stable of Coogan’s career. Now he is giving his famed character the big screen treatment with the aptly titled Alan Partridge, but does it do the character justice or will it be the nail in the coffin of its existence?
Alan Partridge follows a famed DJ whose radio station is taken over by a new media conglomerate, which sets in motion a chain of events which see him having to work with the police to defuse a potentially violent siege. This film is a pretty by the numbers comedy that doesn’t offer anything all that new or original, but thanks to the always great Coogan it still manages to entertain. The first half of the film is a bit slow as it tries to set up their situation and at times feels a bit forced, but once it gets to the siege it actually pics up a bit and delivers some fun moments. This is a story that has been done numerous times, but Coogan’s character adds a fresh element to it all that somehow makes it feel new. The supporting cast does a fine job, with only Colm Meany really the only one able to hold next to Coogan. Like with any British comedy not everyone is a fan, but this one plays a bit more mainstream allowing it to not always go for the dry humor and instead brings some more mainstream gags to the forefront without ever losing what makes them work.
This isn’t a laugh out loud film that some may be hoping for and does drag a bit here and there, but its Coogan’s clear love for the character that helps it hold up as more than just average. If you have been following the adventures of Alan Partridge or just a fan of Steve Coogan then give this film a try when it hits stores on June 10th.