I haven't read any of Terry Pratchett's Discworld novels nor have I seen any of the previous movies made of his books.
In truth, I ordered "Going Postal" based solely on a short clip I saw of the movie. It seemed interesting enough to take a chance on.
I'm so glad I did because I loved it.
Part Steampunk, part science fiction, a little surreal; it's got a little bit of something for almost everyone. There's romance (albeit an unconventional one), intrigue, a reasonable amount of danger, some heroics from unlikely heroes, quirky characters with outlandish names, and some very nice performances from a group of talented actors. The costuming is innovative, the writing tight, and the direction smooth.
The story revolves around the forced reformation of a notorious con man who is put in charge of a local post office at a time when (much like 21st Century America) people seem to prefer electronic mail. As a result, the post office (again, very much like 21st Century America) has fallen into a sad state. The con man uses innovative marketing ploys to boost its image but faces stiff opposition from the owner of the electronic mail service (well, it's not really electronic - more mechanical but you get the idea.) The end result is an all-out war between the two entities.
Admittedly, that's a very bare bones description of the plot, which is much richer than my few words about it. The truth is, I don't want to spoil the experience for anyone who hasn't seen this movie by delving too deeply into it.
One final note: I have been a huge fan of actor David Suchet's portrayal of legendary detective Hercule Poirot. In "Going Postal" we get to see what a really fine actor he truly is as he plays the role of Reacher Gilt - a most despicable villain. I found it almost impossible to believe that the same actor who played Agatha Christie's famously prissy Belgian detective was the loud, totally evil villain in this film.
A movie about redemption; a brilliant allegory about modern life and times; and my first encounter with Discworld all add up to this being a 5-star film.
- Actors: Richard Coyle, David Suchet, Claire Foy
- Directors: Jon Jones
- Format: Color, NTSC, Widescreen
- Language: English
- Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
- Number of discs: 1
- Studio: Rlj Ent/Sphe
- DVD Release Date: 20 Sep 2011
- Run Time: 185 minutes
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- ASIN: B0056G1APW
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- #7064 in TV Shows (Movies & TV)