February 7th, 2010

Nightmare Night Applejack

Movie #10: Hogfather


My rating: 5 of 5 stars
The mythical universe of Discworld and its beloved gift-giving holiday of Hogwatch face a villainous menace in this fantasy based on Terry Pratchett's novel. The Santa-like Hogfather is missing, but that's just one part of a much greater threat. It's up to Death (voice of Ian Richardson), his aide Albert (David Jason) and granddaughter Susan (Michelle Dockery) to put a stop to the plan concocted by the devious Mr. Teatime (Marc Warren).

This was such a fun movie. A saving-Christmas-type story from the Terry Pratchett Discworld novel of the same name, this made-for-TV movie really pops. The sets and effects are gorgeous,the characters are very vibrant, and the plot, while a bit confusing at times (maybe it was just my inexperience with this world), has its twists and devices that all give the story more of a beautiful filigree that is much more interesting than a plot line. Even though I should have probably watched this a couple months ago for the right mood, it's definitely one I'd recommend, even out of season.