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PLOT SUMMARY: This movie is to tourism what The Invention Of Lying is to lying. That is, tourism starts to exist in a world that’s never had it. Quirky comedy ensues, as well as some conflict.

UNCOMFORTABLE PLOT SUMMARY (inspired by this): Tourism creates evildoing.

PEOPLE: From the same director as The Hogfather, comes another 3+ hr double-feature TV movie. Watching these in 1 night is quite a challenge!

The main character Twoflower is played by Sean Astin (Samwise Gamgee from The Lord Of The Rings movies, Mikey Walsh from The Goonies, the movie Click, 50 First Dates, Encino Man). Troubled wizard Rincewind is played by David Jason (the original voice of Danger Mouse, as well as the Danger Mouse narrator, and Albert in Terry Pratchett‘s The Hogfather, and Count Duckula). Evildoer Trymon is played by Tim Curry (Rocky Horror Picture Show, Kinsey, Scary Movie 2 Pretorius from The Mask animated series, King Chicken from Duckman, Dr. Sevarius from Gargoyles, Konk from The Pirates Of Darkwater). Death is played by Christopher Lee (just like in The Hogfather; he is Count Dooku in the new Star Wars movies, Saruman in The Lord Of The Rings movies, Sleepy Hollow, The Last Unicorn, and well over 200 movies). The Arch Astronomer is played by Nigel Planar (Neil from The Young Ones, The Hogfather, and one of the Department Of Works dudes from the movie Brazil; he also narrates a lot of the Discworld audiobooks). Cohen The Barbarian is played by David Bradley (Argus Filch in every Harry Potter movie, Arthur Webley in Hot Fuzz).

QUIRKS: Based on 2 of Terry Pratchett‘s books (The Colour Of Magic and The Light Fantastic), and thus it is deliberately quirky fantasy with a lot of dry British comedy.

VISUALS: Decent effects for something on a Made-for-British-TV budget.

WILHELM SCREAM: Thought we might have heard one, but really not sure.

POLITICS: The tourism industry is created not to help tourists, but to make sure as much money as possible is extracted from tourists.

BAD STUFF: LONG! Made for TV. And many people probably don’t like Terry Pratchett‘s “non-serious fantasy” tone. They probably don’t like unrealistic quirkiness for the hell of it. And Death’s eyes are still the saddest special effect in either movies. We still think this formula works though: Quirky is weird, weird fantasy is unique, and unique means a lot to us.

CONCLUSION: An exceedingly long, quirky, non-serious, fun fantasy romp.

Clint: Netflix: 4/5 stars. IMDB: 8/10.
Carolyn: Netflix: 5/5 stars. IMDB: 9/10.
The native public rating for this movie is: IMDB: 7.1/10, Netflix: 3.5/5 stars (Netflix‘s predicted rating for us was 3.9/5 stars–closer than the average!).

RECOMMENDATION: Fantasy maniacs should really like this — though you may want to watch it over the course of 2 nights. 10PM is definitely too late to start something over 3 hrs, especially if you tend to take breaks while watching movies.

SIMILAR MOVIES: Other fantasy movies.

MOVIE QUOTE: Rincewind: That’s old Twoflower for you. He just appreciates beauty in his own way. I mean, if a poet sees a daffodil, he stares at it and then writes a long poem. But Twoflower would wander off and buy a book on botany, and then as he reads it he would tread on the daffodil.

Music: KMFDM – Megalomaniac (Excessive Force Remix)