NEITHER RAIN NOR SNOW NOR GLO M OF NI T...
, 21 Jul 2010
Most Discworld fans will already be familiar with the basic plot of Going Postal, so let's keep it to a minimum: Moist Von Lipwig is a con artist who is finally caught and hanged. Hanged to within an inch of his life at least, with of course 'the last inch being the crux of the matter.' And so he is given a second chance (by an inexplicably blonde Vetinari). Moist must become the new post master and sort out the post office. Whilst wearing a silly hat.
I had heard that this was going to be very inacurate, but it really wasn't as inacurate as I was expecting it to be. Of the 5 Discworld adaptions so far made Going Postal is the furthest from the novel, but as a Discworld purest I still fully enjoyed this retelling. This is also a lot darker in tone than any of the previous adaptions.
Richard Coyle is too old to be playing Moist, I know that Moist is 'about twenty, or about thirty', but he ages himself in the novel at 26. Coyle is 38, and he looks about his age. But after roughly the first hour I had gotten used to him as Moist and found myself enjoying his performance. Charles Dance is a wonderfully sinister Vetinari, but as previously stated, he is also a blonde Vetinari. Poirot is, ahem, I mean, David Suchet makes a fantastic Gilt though he apears to be over acting the role a little, indeed most of the performances here seem slightly hammy to me. Adora walks around with a face you want to slap, but that merely means the actress is pulling off the role apropriately. And Groat (the ever lovable Andrew Sachs) and Stanley both look and act their parts perfectly.
As for the sets, Ankh Morpork looks better than ever. The post office looks just as I would have imagined, and the clacks towers are fantastic. The costumes are up to scratch, as are the props. Unfortunately the Golems look a little rubbery.
Now here is my only real complaint: 'NEITHER RAIN NOR SNOW NOR GLO M OF NI T...' has lost it's rain and snow. Why?
There are a lot more faults, but I don't want to start whinging about missing characters, altered dialogue, square games boards, and the lack of pigeon munching. Because I absolutely loved this adaption and would recommend it to all Discworld fans.
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