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4.0 out of 5 stars Do you believe in Angels.....?, 28 Jun. 2010
This review is from: Going Postal [DVD] (2010) (DVD)
As a devoted Pratchett fan I have watched the good, the bad and the ugly come to screen (the latter two mostly occuring in COM). For this third outing we see the unfortunately named Moist Von Lipwig narrowly avoid a hanging (and that's 'narrow' with a capital 'N') to awake to find he has a destiny to follow - the re-opening of the Post Office and all the problems that go with it. These problems include; escaping from his Golem Parole officer, Angua of the City Watch (werewolf), his arch enemy Reacher Gilt, and trying to get Adora Dearheart to go on a date with him. Yet all of these pale into comparison to the terror of the ancient letters that show his dark past and need deliverance.....literally!

As a huge fan of the books, I knew I would be a hard crowd to please. The Hogfather I loved, yet there was something missing from it, Colour Of Magic I disliked and would not watch again (mostly due to major casting errors), so I was hugely surprised when I found myself hooked watching this adaptation. Going Postal was one of my least favourite books, that I decided to give another chance when I found they were making a t.v. adaptation and grew to love.

There are obviously major flaws; the Post Office and the letters not getting enough time, and the deaths of the previous postmen being explained on the deadly banshee, Mr Gryle, instead of on the time-warping power of the letters and their need to be delivered. Also, the character of Moist and his people pleasing nature, his con-man skills did not seem apparent until the second part of it which also detracted from the major point of the book. The Golems are not right and look rather comical rather than intimidating. Oh, and don't forget Tiddles.....

However, for whatever reason they relinquished these points, they did so, and it was only looking back that I missed their presence.
I was hooked! The casting was near perfect and also inspired and unusual; Vetinari, Moist, Adora, Stanley, Groat, and especially Reacher (I've never seen Poirot so evil!) they were all brilliant. Even the smaller parts, such as Pony, were acted with brilliance. All the changes made were done so that the story could fit the screen (as always with Pratchett, the best bits are usually in the footnotes, the imagination, the witty asides and cannot be translated appropriately).

Overall then, a triumph! And definitely one I shall be purchasing and watching again! Let's hope that the next adaptation continues on this upwards slope.
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