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Movie #10: Hogfather

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.

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smallerdemon
Feb. 9th, 2010 05:54 am (UTC)
So sad! No comments on this.

This is a favorite of mine. SkyOne did a fantastic job with it. It ultimately led to them going back and doing the first two books as well, but frankly Pratchett's writing by the time he gets to Hogfather is much better and this is a fantastic on-screen rendition of the tale. This also has some wonderful ideas about belief in it that truly find compelling (but Pratchett has always been exploring the idea of belief in his books).

Death and Susan are great characters, and it is astonishing how well they pulled off both.

If you go back and read any of the novels and get up to this one, then you will be truly astounded at how well they pulled this off given the ambition of it all.

Susan is just such a great role model for females to me. I hope my daughter takes Susan's attitude to heart as she grows up and realizes that while there are indeed monsters out there you don't have to sit back and take shit from them. You can always fight back. You can always crack the bogeyman under the bed with a poker from the fireplace and give him the heave ho and tell him to never come back.
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