Media Monday: Going Postal

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Title: Going Postal
Media Type: Mini-series
Director: Jon Jones
Studio: All3Media
Genre: Fantasy Satire
Summary: [from IMDB]

A con artist is conned into taking the job as Postmaster General in the Ankh-Morpork Post Office.

My Review:

It’s always difficult watching a filmic representation of your favorite books, especially if it’s not a particularly well known adaptation. There is just SO MUCH that could go wrong, and when you love book, it hurts to see that. Needless to say, I started Going Postal with some major trepidation, but by the end, I liked it! What a relief!

I have to admit, it was a pretty rocky start. While they got Moist, Miss Dearheart and Reacher Gilt spot on, nearly everyone else they got majorly “wrong” – I’d always imagined Vetinari as a Wonka-esque Johnny Depp (without so much crazy… okay with a different kind of crazy) and since WHEN is Angua goth?! And BLONDE! She was just weird! But since they were fairly minor characters, eventually I got over it and started really enjoying the show.

The thing that really carried the show was Moist von Lipwig. Not only did he look the part, he was incredibly believable. I really bought the swindler part of his character. The actor was very good at portraying that split second indecision that came from once being a dishonest man. At the same time he was so incredibly endearing that I couldn’t help but want him to win in the end.

And of course, no leading man is complete without his leading lady (though don’t let her hear you say that). Miss Dear heart was the perfect mix of sassy and sweet. She was prickly because she had to be and they got her prim but edgy look just right.

There may be no such thing as a “perfect” book-to-screen adaptation, but this is as close a translation of Pratchett’s work as I’ve ever seen. Well worth the time to any fan!

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