Sunday, 23 March 2008

The Colour of Magic

I've just finished watching the first installment of The Colour of Magic, the TV adaptation of Terry Prattchett's first Discworld novel. It had its moments, but mostly it's proof once again that books can just do so much more than even the most high budget TV. The adaptation missed out a lot of the detail from the book, presumably for pacing and time constraints, reworked the ending, and probably hammed things up a bit too much. Where the adaptation of The Hogfather worked well thanks to some perfectly pitched acting, in this, several actors seemed to feel the need to exagerate their characters to show how funny and outlandish they were. There's another installment tomorrow, which is, judging by the trailer, effectively the whole of The Light Fantastic. I hope it is better than this one.

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