The Colour of Magic (2008)

The Colour of Magic





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David Jason, Tim Curry, Nigel Planer, and Sean Astin star in writer/director Vadim Jean's imaginative adaptation of The Colour of Magic and The Light Fantastic -- the first two books in author Terry Pratchett's popular Discworld series of fantasy adventure novels. Na´ve tourist Twoflower (Astin) is on holiday in Ankh-Morpork when a terrible fire breaks out, forcing him to flee from the city alongside an incompetent wizard named Rincewind (Jason). Now, as the clueless pair set out on a magical … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Action & Adventure, Television, Kids & Family, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Terry Pratchett, Vadim Jean
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On DVD: Jul 14, 2009
Aquarius Releasing



as Rincewind

as Twoflower

as Trymon

as Patrician

as Galder Weatherwax

as Narrator

as Ninereeds

as Cohen the Barbarian

as Arch Astronomer

as Broadman

as Bethan

as Herrena

as Picture Imp
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Critic Reviews for The Colour of Magic

All Critics (2) | Top Critics (2)

The Color of Magic mashes together a pair of comedic fantasy novels by Terry Pratchett into one long, rambling saga.

Full Review… | January 30, 2009
New York Times
Top Critic

Unwatchable and nothing more.

Full Review… | January 29, 2009
Village Voice
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Colour of Magic


An all star cast (for England) in a follow up to the previous years Hogfather. Unfortunately like the Hogfather this doesn't really work. The film (split into two parts on TV) drags something chronic and even Pratchett admits in the introduction that the original story has no plot as such. There are some glaring errors in the directing and editing that distract sometimes and the casting isn't perfect. Sean Astin is having fun as the naive and innocent tourist and David Bradley is great as the Barbarian but Tim Curry does his villain schtick with no real invention (apart from a slight Northern accent that keeps coming and going) and David Jason looks tired and a bit bored. Suspect Pratchett probably would work better as animation or with an experimental director like Terry Gilliam. This just falls short or being that good.

David Sayers
David Sayers

Super Reviewer


Always clever and witty, Terry Pratchett's humor translates extremely well to the screen. The story is imaginative, if a bit meandering and pointless at times. Most of the cast is quite entertaining: David Jason was chosen well for the sub-par wizard, Sean Astin plays a bumbling tourist effortlessly, and Christopher Lee's voice was made for the part of Death. Tim Curry phones this one in a bit, performing what is now his very tired villainous persona. The special effects are mostly just adequate, and there are some sound editing issues resulting in many lines being very hard to discern.

"Look, no self-respecting high priest is going to go through all the business of trumpets and processions and then shove his knife in a daffodil and a couple of plums, is he?"


The pace seemed a bit off, and Sean Astin didn't work for me as Twoflower. But it's Discworld, and Discworld is awesome.

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