A con artist is conned into taking the job as Postmaster General in the Ankh-Morpork Post Office.A con artist is conned into taking the job as Postmaster General in the Ankh-Morpork Post Office.A con artist is conned into taking the job as Postmaster General in the Ankh-Morpork Post Office.
One stand out in mind is Charles Dance, his performance as Vetinari, the Patrician of Anhk-Morpork, is nearly a perfect match to how I envisioned the character while reading the books, exhibiting the right amount of menace and charm while equally being able to show the slight glimpses into the many depths of the character that are offered throughout the whole book series.
Andrew Sachs also did an excellent job as the most senior junior Postman, Tolliver Groat. David Suchet wasn't quite what I had imagined for Teacher Gilt, but he did a most admirable job in the role. Richard Coyle and Claire Foy play the leads quite well as Moist Von Lipwig and Adora Belle Dear heart, and they certainly look the part and have good chemistry. I was not completely on board with some of the changes made to their characterization, but accept the choices made because in the end the whole still resembles the intent of the source material.
I also did mostly like the Golems and their portrayal here, while understandably that is tricky. I would have preferred them seeming more amorphous and closer to lumpy gingerbread men in appearance, but the end effort still look like men of clay.
All in all, if you want a good entry point to introduce you to the spirit of the Discworld and get a taste of Sir Terry Pratchett's wit and imagination, this adaptation is probably the ideal place to start if you don't want to dive headfirst into the novels to start with.
- Jan 5, 2021