I thought Hogfather was great, personally. Also the actor who portrays Death in Hogfather was Ian Richardson, not Christopher Lee. Much as I love Lee, I found Richardson's Death to be superior, unfortunately he can't reprise the role since he is now...well dead.
If I were to list some of the things Hogfather got right and some of the things it got wrong it would be the following:
- Death, as I have already touched upon, I found Ian Richardson to be perfect in the role.
- Susan, while she wasn't as good as Death, she was certainly not bad.
- Albert and yes, I'm aware I'm just making a list of characters, whatever.
- The most important thing that the movie got right was atmosphere. I think it really captured the feeling of the book, though I'm certain some people found it far to long and meandering, but most of those parts were necessary.
- It was funny. This is essential to a Discworld movie and most of the humour was dialogue lifted straight from the book.
- It had so many awesome scenes from the book, like Death's speech about belief at the end. Or his destruction of auditors. HO HO HO
- Some of the scenes with the wizards were pretty good (Hex, interaction with Susan), however they generally came off as a little to slap-sticky for my taste. I'm aware that they are sort of slapstick in the book as well, but not to the same extent. They may be childish, but they are also competent when they have to be (well, for a certain definition of competent). Also, Ridcully isn't suppsoed to look like that.
- While you can follow the plot without having read the book (in fact I did, back in 2007 where I fucking loved it, which lead me to give Discworld another try. Now I own every book Pratchett has ever written and went to the Discworld Con 2010 in Birmingham), there are some instances of the movie that doesn't entirely make sense. But yeah, most non-Discworld fans (and fans for that matter) I've showed it too liked it, so it can't be that confusing.
- I didn't mind the length personally, but objectively speaking, it was probably to slow in certain places.
Mr.Teatime was ok, I could see his peformance as a little artificial, however in all honesty I didn't mind and found that he worked as a villain. Still that probably had more to do with the writing of mr. Pratchett than the acting, so yeah.
I liked the Coulor of Magic too, though not as much. Not at all. However this is mostly because Hogfather is a great Discworld novel, while The Colour Of magic/Light Fantastic were...not. So there isn't much for me to compare it too, since I don't really like the first 3 Discworld novels (interestingly the sci-fi novels that Pratchett wrote earlier are actually quite a bit better than those 3, though of course not on par with his later stuff). In fact the entire reason why I needed to give Discworld another try was because I had read some of the early ones in Danish when I was younger and wasn't impressed. Of course the crappy Danish translation did it's part, but it's also because the first 3 simply aren't that good. Anyways, with this in mind, it didn't take much for me to like the adaption and in fact I was happy that it was cut down compared to the novel, which contained far too much useless stuff. To be fair about Vetinari, the patrician of the first books was nothing like the Vetinari we later came to know and love. Though, I'm aware that the film crew tried to portray him more as the later Vetinari than he was in the book.
Now, the Going Postal movie sucked. Big time. As you can see from my above posts I liked the other two, making this suckage even more of a letdown. They completely took all the energy out of the book, made it far more moralising and basically made it the worst thing that could possibly happen to a Discworld movie: Boring. Going Postal was one of my favourite Discworld novels too, so I'm still a little annoyed about that.
As for the animated adaptions. Wyrd Sisters was crap, Soul Music was OK. Not great, but OK.
edited 18th Jan '11 1:37:36 AM by Mathias