Film #33: Going Postal (2010)

director: Jon Jones
language: English
length: 182 minutes
watched on: 9 Oct

This is the latest installment of the made-for-TV-movie Discworld series filmed for Sky… of course, I don’t have Sky and I’m not about to get it just to watch this… well, anyway, it’s more of the same that I’ve come to expect from this series. Because they’re double-length features (at 3 hours), they can really fit everything into the film and make it very detailed, and the set pieces are really good.

The series does have several problems; it seems to flit aimlessly between stories, and it’s not always obvious why they chose this particular one to film rather than any of the other ones. But this was an alright story, certainly; not like it’s a bad choice or anything! It was a slightly scary moment for me, though, when I realised that the book came out something like 7 years ago, before I’d even started university, which might as well be forever at this stage… and yet I have the twin sensations of feeling like I read it only recently and hardly remembering anything that actually happens in the book. So I’m not sure I can compare the book and the film in their full capacities, given that I can’t really remember the book very well. I’ve heard a few complaints that Moist’s suit wasn’t golden enough or something. I’m not sure I really give a toss about that sort of thing anyway.

One other thing I do find a bit annoying about the series is that while there are only a few characters shared between each film, and generally fairly peripheral ones like the Patrician, they don’t seem to have made any effort to keep them consistent between each film. I guess they’re not entirely sure how long the series is going to last or something, but I have to say this’ll certainly get annoying depending on how long it does go on for.

But anyway, the allegories in this story about the internet and monopolisation are certainly clear, as well as the hammering home of the point that there is no victimless crime (I think that’s what he was getting at, anyway). The villain is a very typical villain, I must say, playing the character archetype to the hilt. The love story is fairly predictable. The joke about the obsessive pin collector who becomes a stamp collector after inventing stamps is one that I still find funny. The group of nerds who manage to somehow jam the mechanical semaphore towers (the story’s internet metaphor) by sending in some rogue code is a delightful metaphor for computer hackers and played very amusingly.

Overall, definitely good for any Discworld fans. And the 3 hours of this film just whoosh by, as with the previous two films. They’re very easy to watch!

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