Movie Review: Terry Pratchett’s Going Postal

Terry Pratchett is the author of some outrageously funny books known as the Disc World Novels.  They have made two live action adaption of these novels:  Hogfather and The Color (Colour) of Magic.  And oh my giddy aunt they’ve done it again with Going Postal.
First of all if you’ve never read Pratchett’s novels you are seriously going to miss a lot on this movie.  When you see the various background actors as either members of the Watch, the Vampire photographer (black ribbon doesn’t drink human blood), or the fiery eyed golems; the reader recognizes these as the normal inhabitants of Ankh-Morpork the largest city-state on Discworld.  The characters are a weird blend of medieval-fantasy along side renaissance area Florence.  And if you haven’t read the books you are confused about just what time period this is supposed to be.
So the plot of Going Postal is this:  In Ankh-Morpork Moist von Lipwig a con man has been arrested and sentenced to death.  And he is hung “within an inch of his life” when he next awakes he is in the office of the Patrician Havelock Vetinari where he is offered a choice of either restoring the postal service or walking out a door to fall to his death.  Moist chooses to become the postmaster.
Well he says that but at the first chance he gets he runs from Ankh-Morpork.  And gets dragged back by a golem named Pump 19.  Pump 19 is his parole officer and is in charge of his welfare and to make sure he does the job of being a postmaster.
Moist sets to work and starts resurrecting the post office.  In doing so he finds that the previous postmasters have all died under rather mysterious circumstances.  And the mail has been building up so long in the post office it has come to life.
  In doing so it shows what the cons that Moist has done and the consequences from them.  Moist comes to realize that he must change his ways and accept responsibility for his actions.
There are shades of merriment some subtle some not so much.  And the casting of the various characters in this was excellent.  Charles Dance was the perfect Patrician Havelock Vetinari as was Richard Coyle as Moist.  On the whole I give this 4 postage stamps out of five.