Partridge is back and thankfully rather than tailoring the character for an American market this still feels very much like a home-grown product. By keeping the whole thing contained in Norwich (and mostly in a radio station) it almost doesn't feel like a film but an extension of 'I'm Alan Partridge' and 'Mid Morning Matters'. All the favourite characters are back and the slightly bigger scope and 'hostage' storyline allow for Coogan to go to town and show the best and worst of Alan. For the fans there is plenty to enjoy and for those coming to Alan for the first time the film is a good introduction to the character and is an all-round great British comedy. Kiss my face!
This film was just to surreal for me, especially after 'Sightseers'. The whole thing looks beautiful and I applaud the film-making skill but it asked too much of me as an audience member and I wasn't in the mood to follow where it led.
A brilliant black comedy that finds Wheatley hitting the perfect balance between his loose film-making style and a sense of scale that has been missing from his previous films. The performances from Lowe and Oram are very well observed and you can tell that they have a history together prior to the film. The film cleverly lulls you into a false sense, suggesting at first that we're closer in style to Wheatley's debut 'Down Terrace' but once on the road the observations of the two and reactions to the havoc they create brings on the comedy. You can't help but like the couple despite the terrible things they do. Definitely my favourite Wheatley film so far and one I'd like to return to in the future.
I wasn't a big fan of 'Machete' but it was fun seeing all the big stars taking part in such a cheesy movie. The same thing happens here and the best thing about this film is definitely the biggest star, Gibson. Until he comes into it the film (despite the overblown action and gore) is one big yawnfest. Trejo isn't talented to hold your attention on screen and despite the cameos of Gooding Jnr, Lady Gaga and Banderas (playing the same character!) no-one is given enough to do to make their roles memorable. What promises to be the next sequel looks more fun but if you want modern 'expolitation' thrills I'd stick with 'Hobo with a Shotgun'.
It's a shame this has come out amid Oscar hype as it tarnished my initial viewing. I really enjoyed 'The Fighter' and 'Silver Linings Playbook' but I found this film overly complicated from the get-go and couldn't reconcile the style with the content. However from about halfway through I started to enjoy it and appreciate it. This was probably helped by an amazing performance from Lawrence as she only makes her presence known from this point. The rest of the cast are great too (Adams at her most mature and sexy, Bale at his most vulnerable, Cooper at his most crazy and Renner incredibly sympathetic as a politician with his heart in the right place) but Lawrence steals the show. I don't see it as a Best Picture film but I'd be surprised if the performances don't get something on Oscar night.