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This review is from: Going Postal [DVD] (DVD)Okay, so first thing first, I absolutely love Terry Pratchett and all things Discworld, however probably because of that I have high expectations when it comes to the adaptations. Hogfather was great, although of course the book is immensely superiour, Colour of Magic I wasn't a huge fan. Going Postal I really enjoyed, a lot of the actors were perfect (imo) for the roles, Charles Dance IS Vetinari (albeit a blonde one, but hey, we managed to get over the whole 'blonde bond' thing so why not Vetinari), Adora, Stanley and Reacher were pretty much as I saw them, Moist wasn't, but he grew on me and now whenever I re-read GP or MM I shall imagine him.
Going Postal does deviate from the plot of the book, in my mind there are only three major variations, one of which I think they got away with leaving out, another was a 'slight' deviation which I can see why they did it and it works for the screen, and the last that annoyed the hell out of me. But life isn't perfect, and books always lose something in the translation to screen. Saying that GP works
Of course one of the best parts about Pratchett's books are the footnotes, the little asides and further jokes and explanations to the reader, this was always my biggest problem with the idea of the adaptations, but with Going Postal I didn't miss them that much, this could have been because they weren't as fixed in my mind or numerous as with the Hogfather, which all the way through I kept remembering the asides that were absent in the adaptation.
All in all I really enjoyed it, and I hope they adapt Making Money soon (and by gods I hope they keep all of Gladys' lines). Yes it's not an exact adaptation of the book, but I personally prefer it to the COM adaptation and it's about even with Hogfather, and of the two I (of course) prefer the book but I have to admit it is a close thing, much closer than Hogfather and COM for sure. And I could enjoy it as something seperate-although eternally entwined to the Discworld. If you're a Discworld fan you should definitely see it, and if you've never heard of Terry Pratchett or the Discworld (where have you been?) I think this is definitely worth a look.
-Oh and watch out for Terry at the end!