UK release date: 17/12/06 + 18/12/06
Runtime: 189 minutes
Directed by: Vadim Jean
Starring: David Jason, Marc Warren, Michelle Dockery, David Warner, John Franklyn-Robbins, Tony Robinson, Nigel Planer, Peter Guinness, Stephen Marcus, Craig Conway, Rhodri Meilir, Sinead Matthews, Ian Richardson, Marnix van den Broeke, Neil Pearson, Joss Ackland, Nicholas Tennant, Richard Katz. John Boswall
Based on the book of the same name by Terry Pratchett. The Hogfather doesn’t have the same humour and fantasy embedded in it, but you can’t really blame it. I doubt anything could actually match up to Terry Pratchett’s writing.
People who like Terry Pratchett will most likely enjoy this more than those who aren’t fans or aware of his work.
Split into two parts, it’s a fast paced, quirky, adventure filled, festive film. The special effects and props aren’t high quality, but still reasonably good.
It follows the book reasonably well. They are quite a few things ommited, but if they’d been kept it’d probably be about twelve hours long, but the main plot was honoured.
Ian Richardson could never compare to Christopher Lee as the voice of Death he still did a good job. David Jason is how I’d pictured Albert, grumpy in a jolly way and jaded.
Marc Warren is spectacularly creepy as Jonathan Teatime, pronounced Te-ah-time-eh, everyone always gets it wrong.
It’s a fun film to watch at Christmas that’ll have you smiling throughout. Mainly for those who like the books.
To sum up, low quality special effects, Excellent acting, Unique plot
Was it worth the watch? Yes
Would I re-watch? Yes
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