epiphany_maria (epiphany_maria) wrote,

Terry Pratchett’s Going Postal (2010) Reviewed

This was good and much, much better than the overly camp ‘Hogfather’ and ‘The Colour of Magic’.

Moist Von Lipwig is an unrepentant con artist until he is caught by the City Guard led by Angua the werewolf. He’s offered a choice by the Patrician (Charles Dance of ‘Trinity’) run the city post office or die. It’s not really a choice, his golem parole officer Mr Pump is there to make sure he does the job.

Moist soon has an arch enemy in the form of Reacher Gilt (David Suchet of ‘Poirot’) who runs the Clacks. The Discworld has gone from medieval stasis to 19th century steampunk very quickly. Gilt is out to end the post office and Moist. What does Moist have on his side? He has Mr Pump and the postmen Stanley and Mr Groat (played by Manuel from ‘Fawlty Towers’). He also has Adora Belle Dearheart who has a lit cigarette she never seems to smoke.

Much hilarity ensures as Moist browses ‘Extreme Pins’ magazine and sports a hat that looks like it was made from a dead pigeon. But soon Moist is having some self-actualization about his past especially when he learns he ruined the Dearheart family and made Adora take up smoking. As he’s trying to cope with that Gilt has a banshee assassin try to kill him.

Luckily the banshee assassin dies in a storm of bad acting. Moist has a cunning plan and Adora needs to go away. Gilt’s vileness grows and Moist gets more sidekicks in the form of The Smoking Gnu. So Moist comes up with yet another cunning plan to bring down Reacher Gilt.

This was good despite Adora getting pretty annoying. Still her lacy demon clothes were nice. It’s funny, looks good (apart from the golems), isn’t camp and best of all David Jason isn’t in it. Still I do wish they had done the fiery eye in the Omniscope joke. The Offlar the Crocodile God shrine looked great as did the Clacks. But why did they recast Ridcully? Where did Adora get the nail polish?

Best Lines:
“This claim form is 50 pages long.”
“A help desk will be provided.”

Tags: going postal, poirot, trinity

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