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In 'Hogfather' (2006), it's the night before Hogswatch, usually a time of joy on Discworld, but there are suspicious going-on and the criminal underworld is abuzz. The beloved Hogfather (Shend) - the jolly bearer of glee and pork-related gifts for children everywhere - has vanished. Suddenly, Discworld's entire mythical system is under threat. The fate of this magical time rests in the hands of a very motley group: a band of wizards headed up by a mystical university president named Mustrum Ridcully (Joss Ackland), a loyal manservant called Albert (David Jason), a level-headed governess called Susan Sto Heilt (Michelle Dockery), and her grandfather, who happens to be Death (Marnix van den Broeke).
'The Colour of Magic' (2008) is a feature-length TV adaptation of the first two novels in the Discworld series. Sir David Jason stars as the jaded, incompetent wizard, Rincewind, who unwittingly finds himself playing guide to naive tourist, Twoflower (Sean Astin), when the two are forced to flee from the city of Ankh-Morpork after a terrible inferno. The film co-stars Tim Curry and Jeremy Irons, while Brian Cox narrates, and Christopher Lee provides the voice of Death.
In 'Going Postal' (2010), after finally being captured, master con artist Moist von Lipwig (Richard Coyle) narrowly escapes execution by agreeing to take on the job of Postmaster General in the Ankh-Morpork Post Office - a post that has not been filled in years. Getting the post office up and running again may prove an impossible task, however, what with literally mountains of decades-old undelivered mail clogging its every nook and cranny. Worse still, Moist could swear the mail is talking to him... David Suchet, Charles Dance, Andrew Sachs, Tamsin Greig and Timothy West co-star.
Sound: Dolby Digital
Main Language: English
...but the adaptation for Going Postal had me over the moon with glee. I am a long-time fan of Terry Pratchett's Discworld books, and I absolutely loved this film. The makers did an excellent job, taking great care in picking the cast, creating the sets, and keeping Pratchett's famous satirical humor throughout. I cannot find fault with a thing.
And for those of you who haven't read the books, it doesn't matter; Going Postal is enjoyable in and of itself. It's a great adventure/comedy. It pokes fun at modern things like cel phones, the internet, and corporations; it has a plot full of surprises, characters you'll cheer for, and a kooky romance. My bf's father loves it, and he's over 60, loves westerns and action films, and had never even heard of Terry Pratchett.
Hogfather hasn't been adapted quite as indepth, but doesn't disappoint. It's got a perfect cast, has tons of Pratchett's wit and humor, and doesn't omit the social commentary or the warmth and optimism. And again, you can watch this without having read any of the books. Plus it's great fun for the holidays!
I'm not a fan of the Colour of Magic film adaptation, but the other two films together are worth more than the price for the three, so that is why I am still giving this one full marks.
I'm recommending this one to everyone I know.