Monday, December 28, 2009

The Color of Magic

The Color of Magic is a made-for-TV film that received minimal release in 2008. And, after seeing it, I can say the film should've been left on the small screen in, again, minimal release.

A tourist (Sean Penn, the only recognizable name in the cast) and a failed wizard team together on Disc World, a flat world held up by four elephants supported by a larger turtle, sex unknown (the turtle, that is). It's a mishmash of novels written by Terry Pratchett, meandering all over the place and making little sense. The dialogue is British droll and mostly silly.

Unlike another wizard tale which boasts a $500 million budget, The Color of Magic's special effects budget in comparison was about $1.98. Every expense was spared in showing us the magical proportions of Disc World. It's quite amazing how badly this film gets away with such things, showing us, instead, a dragon's tail so that we think there might be something reptilian attached to it. To call the attempt "cheesy" doesn't even come close.

You can live without this tale of wizardry, trust me. Thumb's down.


At 12:07 PM, Blogger Sheryl said...

I really enjoy Terry Pratchet's novels - dry/sly humor, lots or word play, charming quirky versions of every stereotyped fictional creature that every roamed any planet.

None of it showed up in this movie. Cheesy effect don't bother me per se. 1/2 the fun of the old Dr. Who series was looking for the zippers on the aliens suits and the line where they spliced 2 scenes together. This was sort of like Monty Python and the Holy Disc World - only not funny.


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