This television adaptation of the first book from the Terry Pratchett series Discworld has failing wizard Rincewind acting as guide for Twoflower, a tourist from the Agatean Empire. That Twoflower is traveling with a trunk full of gold and a sense of adventure that leads him into dangerous situations hasn’t gone unnoticed by the inhabitants of Discworld. Now with the turtle flying into the sun on an apparent suicide mission the strange duo may Discworld’s last hope.
David Jason (Rincewind), Sean Astin (Twoflower), Tim Curry (Trymon), Jeremy Irons (Patrician), Brian Cox (Narrator), James Cosmo (Galder), Christopher Lee (Death), Janet Suzman (Ninereeds), David Bradley (Cohen).
The Color of Magic begins with some good background information that tells us what Discworld is all about before working on character development for a while. Like the books, the film is in no hurry to tell the story which seems to happen quite naturally while we are distracted by the strangeness of Discworld itself. The plot isn’t overly intricate but imparts a feeling of depth as we learn about the quirks and twists of this strange land. With two episodes for 197 total minutes of viewing the film has plenty of time to do the books justice.
Acting was pretty good with Jason and Astin both doing very well and appearing to have good chemistry. Curry was cast perfectly in his role and executed it well. Cox did a decent job narrating and Lee was the perfect voice for Death. The remainder of the supporting cast did nicely throughout.
Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were all well done with good attention to detail and depth. CGI effects were mild but fit the film well while action effects were fairly well done. Dialogue was good and somewhat silly, just like the books. Sound and soundtrack were both good.
Overall The Color of Magic was a fairly well done adaptation of Pratchett’s first book from the popular Discworld series. The film mirrors the book pretty well and good attention to details from the book were included. Fans of the books will probably enjoy this one while others just won’t get it at all.
With some mild violence The Color of Magic should be fine for preens and above.
The Color of Magic is no longer showing in any Littleton Colorado movie theatres.
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Star rating: 3 out of 5
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