Directed by Jon Jones
One of the purest joys that the home viewer in Toronto gets to partake in each and every week as new releases hit the shelves of video stores each and every week. Originally airing on television in the UK and out this week on DVD & Blu-Ray is a fantastically comic tale straight from the imagination of author Terry Pratchett and his long running Discworld series of novels. Get ready for “Going Postal”.
In this tale of love, revenge…and stamps we meet our protagonist Moist von Lipwig (Coyle). He is a con man and a charlatan and ultimately revels in ripping off the good citizens of Ankh-Morpork. When the law finally catches up with him, the city’s leader Lord Vetinari (Charles Dance) offers von Lipwig a simple choice; take over the derelict post office as the postmaster general or suffer a painful death. The reluctant new postmaster finds himself in charge of thousands upon thousands of undelivered letters, with only a band of charming misfits under his employ to help him. Before long he finds himself at odds with corrupt businessman and primary competitor to the post office Reacher Glit (Suchet) who will stop at nothing to destroy his competition. Moist von Lipwig will need call on every one of considerable charms to restore the Post Office to its former glory, trounce Glit and win the affections of Adora Dearheart a local woman with whom he his inexorably connected.
Not having any familiarity with the previous works of Terry Pratchett, I don’t really have a firm frame of reference for the characters, but “Going Postal” was a fun little fable that leaned more towards a younger crowd but was enjoyable for the entire family. This farce with plenty of satirical moments was intelligent designed as we are taken through Discworld on this adventure. Director Jon Jones a UK TV Movie veteran has crafted an entertaining world for our story to unfold in a fairly compelling manner with getting bogged down in too much exposition. “Going Postal” isn’t high art, but it is fun entertainment that is suitable for the entire family.
The cast is a veritable all-star cast of British television with Richard Coyle of ‘Coupling’ fame leading the way who is a lot of fun as the roguish huckster with a flair for the dramatic. The rest of the cast includes the likes of Charles Dance (Game Of Thrones), Claire Foy (Season Of The Witch), Andrew Sachs (Fawlty Towers), Tamsin Grieg (Black Books) and David Suchet (Agatha Christie’s Poirot). Whenever Coyle was off screen the quality of the cast kept the story going and kept the viewers attention.
Extras on this 2 disc set include a video introduction by author Terry Pratchett, a commentary track with director Jon Jones along with interviews with cast, crew & fans as well as deleted scenes, blooper reels and a stills gallery.
If you’re a fan of Terry Pratchett and his novels or just a fan of some family friendly fantasy story telling then “Going Postal” may just be up your alley and is a nice light hearted way to spend a Sunday afternoon on the couch.
3 out of 5 stars.
Terry Pratchett’s “Going Postal” should be available at video stores across Toronto, click here for a list of some of the finer ones across the city.