Going Postal

Going Postal

DVD - 2011
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When Moist von Lipwig is caught for his trickery, he is given the option of becoming the next postmaster or falling down a deep pit.
Publisher: Silver Spring, MD : Distributed by Acorn Media, [2011]
Edition: Widescreen ed.
ISBN: 9781598286403
1598286404
Branch Call Number: FIC Going
Characteristics: 2 DVDs (ca. 185 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Alternative Title: Terry Pratchett's Going postal

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drjohnhorner
Oct 31, 2018

I love the writing of Sir Terry Pratchett, and own all but a few of his Discworld books. He started the series with straight forward parodies of fantasy, in the first two books having wild fun with the tropes of the genre. By the third he had started to realize the possibilities of this world he had created. The laugh out-loud while you’re reading humor remained, in very strong doses, but Pratchett, moving beyond parody, realized Discworld, for all the satire and laughter in the stories, could be used to explore and express insights into the world we live in. While some books fall short of the best ones, all have much that is good.
Going Postal is up there as one of the most satisfying Discworld novels, and a strong case can be made that this filmed adaptation is the best of its genre. Adapting from one medium to another presents many challenges. Those who worked on this mini-series version of Going Postal, though, have succeeded in creating within it the feel of Pratchett’s novel.
The cast is exceptional—including one whose character interpretation I thought left out nuances shared by the character in other books. It is a joy to experience the performance by Andrew Sachs—best known for his performance as Manuel in Fawlty Towers—as Groat, the old postal worker.
Also of particular note are David Suchet—TV’s Hercule Perot—as the villain of the story, and Charles Dance—Game of Thrones and Bleak House—as the Patrician, Lord Ventinari. (As when Daniel Craig was announced as the next James Bond, some Discworld fans did not like the idea of Dance playing the part, because he didn’t have dark hair. But, like Craig, Dance’s performance catches the Patrician’s character so well that his hair color ceased to be a problem.)
And, as he had done in other adaptations of his works, Sir Terry himself puts in a brief appearance in Going Postal, ala Alfred Hitchcock.
Claire Foy, now an Emmy winner for her work as the young Elizabeth II in The Crown, shows a very different side to her talent as Adora Belle Dearheart.
And Richard Coyle absolutely nails the main character of Moist von Lipwig.
If you love the universe of Discworld, you should feel very much at home in this adaptation.

John A. Horner

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Nigiri
Jun 19, 2018

I wish they'd had the budget to include all of the species, particularly Trolls and Dwarves, but they put their money where the story needed it. It would have been sad to lose the Golems. A very fun adaptation of of a very fun book. Actually getting to see the mechanisms for high-speed long distance communication was great too.

JCLAndrewE Jun 13, 2018

Hands down my favorite Discworld movie/series adaptation. The humor is the right amount of wry, the acting and characters are genuine and over the top as expected of a melodrama, and they captured the feel of Discworld. Highly recommended. Only complaint is that the second act takes a bit to get rolling, but once it does, it's worth the wait.

ylpladults Mar 29, 2018

To die or to become the Postmaster...that is Moist van Lipwig's choice. To see if he lives for another day, watch this hilarious, live-action fantasy.

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matcat44
Jan 29, 2018

Didn’t know what to expect, but not my taste.

mvkramer Mar 30, 2015

Oh, Sir Terry! How you will be missed. This is an enjoyable, fun adaptation of the book, with some excellent casting choices and performances. Of course, the book was better, but it's hard to capture all the zany richness of a Discworld book in a mere three hours. Made me want to re-read all my favorites.

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tenet
Jun 21, 2014

Rated 2/10.

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geomillar
Dec 24, 2013

TERRY PRATCHETT is overrated.
This film cost a bundle to make but it was the same old same old stuff that I'm sick of seeing.
2 and a half stars is maybe too much ... but it's Christmas!

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jimg2000
Jun 19, 2013

I enjoyed this PG video, thanks to discovering it in our library's "Community Activity" feature. I see a lot of wisdom, presented in wonderful humor, in modern day society, such as those victimless wall street crimes: Moist Von Lipwig: I'm just a con man! Mr. Pump: You have killed 22.8 people. Moist Von Lipwig: I've never so much as drawn a sword. Mr. Pump: You have stolen, embezzled, and swindled. You have ruined businesses and destroyed lives. When banks fail, it's not bankers who starve. In a thousand small ways, you have hastened the deaths of many. You did not know them. You did not see them bleed. But you snatched bread from their mouths. There will be no running.

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forever_ice17
Mar 12, 2013

I thought the acting was great and the way they used fans as extras really neat. Favourites are Groat and Adora, Sachs and Foy were awesome!

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jimg2000
Jun 19, 2013

More from the book (Ch. 11):
‘You made me sack a lot of the craftsmen,' said Pony.

‘We didn't sack them. We "let them go",' said Gilt.

‘We... downsized,' said Greenyham.

‘Looks like you succeeded, sir,' said Pony. He took a stub of pencil out of one pocket and a grubby notebook out of the other.

‘D'you want it fast or cheap or good, gentlemen?' he said. ‘The way things have gone, I can only give you one out of three...'

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jimg2000
Jun 19, 2013

On monopoly:

‘Don't patronize me, my lord,' said Gilt. ‘We own the Trunk. It is our property. You understand that? Property is the foundation of freedom. Oh, customers complain about the service and the cost, but customers always complain about such things. We have no shortage of customers at whatever cost. Before the semaphore, news from Genua took months to get here, now it takes less than a day. It is affordable magic. We are answerable to our shareholders, my lord. Not, with respect, to you. It is not your business. It is our business, and we will run it according to the market. I hope there are no tyrannies here. This is, with respect, a free city.'

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