Terry Pratchett's Going Postal
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"Elaborately designed fantasy fun" —The Observer(U.K.)
Moist von Lipwig (Richard Coyle, Lorna Doone) is a con man and a charlatan--and he loves every minute of it. From confidence tricks to far-reaching financial fraud, von Lipwig revels in hoodwinking, fleecing, and otherwise ripping off the citizens of Ankh-Morpork. When the law finally catches up to him, the city’s shrewd leader, Lord Vetinari (Charles Dance, Game of Thrones), offers von Lipwig a choice: he can take over the derelict post office . . . or suffer a painful death.
The reluctant postmaster finds himself in charge of thousands of undelivered letters, commanding a charmingly deranged staff of misfits, and at odds with corrupt businessman Reacher Gilt (David Suchet, Agatha Christie’s Poirot), who will stop at nothing to crush his competition. Along the way, he falls under the spell of the icy Adora Dearheart (Claire Foy, Little Dorrit), much to her chagrin. In this delightful adaptation of Terry Pratchett’s Discworld novel, Moist von Lipwig needs every ounce of his considerable charm and cunning to restore the post office, trounce Gilt, and win Adora’s affections.
Terry Pratchett video introduction (5 min.); director Jon Jones audio commentary; and bonus disc (62 min.) with cast, crew, and fan interviews; deleted scenes; blooper reel; and image galleries
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You'd have to be a pretty tough critic not to like this adaptation of Pratchett's Discworld novel. I think it hews pretty close to the book's story as have almost all the movie adaptations so far. I hope they release the others (Hogfather, Color of Magic) in Blu-ray for North American market soon. And I hope they're developing some of the other Discworld books to film as well.
Charles Dance as Lord Vetinari is also absolutely perfect in the role - he's what I picture when I read the Discworld books now, too. So much perfection in this movie - I can't recommend it highly enough!
This is probably the best adaptation, only because the pacing is much faster than in any of the other movies I have watched, which still puts it at an andante pace. It also almost matched "The Color of Magic" movie in that great deadpan humor of Terry Pratchett's characters.
However, if you want to laugh until your stomach aches, my bet is on the book, which I plan to read in the very near future.
*the casting is perfect.
*the sets are beautiful.
*the story was funny, tragic, enriching, and enthralling all at the same time
*this is a rare jewel that can be watched MULTIPLE times cause you won't get all the nuances on just a single watching
*perfect for all ages - the sexual humor is buried far enough where little ones won't see it and this is one of the VERY rare movies that's perfect for all members of the family
*In short, I thought this was a simple fabulous job from all concerned. Kudos!
Also, I very much appreciated the introduction by Sir Terry, himself. It gave me another insight into his mind (which is quite frightening and wonderful).
The one thing I would change would be to give the part of the Banshee to a woman, because the name comes from old Gaelic and means Woman Fairy. The ghoulish man didn't fulfill that definition.
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