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The Colour of Magic (2008)

The Colour of Magic (2008)





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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. Naïve 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 journey across the disc, neither realizes that they are merely pawns in an elaborate board game being played by the gods. After encountering a pair of barbarians on their way out of Morpork, Twoflower and Rincewind take a trip to an inverted mountain housing dragons that only exist in imagination, survive a fall off the edge of the disc during a perilous visit to the country Krull, and attempt to beat Rincewind's former classmate Trymon (Curry) to a collection of eight spells that could save Discworld from total destruction.


David Jason
as Rincewind
Sean Astin
as Twoflower
Tim Curry
as Trymon
Jeremy Irons
as Patrician
Brian Cox
as Narrator
James Cosmo
as Galder Weatherwax
Janet Suzman
as Ninereeds
David Bradley
as Cohen the Barbarian
Nigel Planer
as Arch Astronomer
Geoffrey Hutchings
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


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?"

Lindsay Wilson
Lindsay Wilson

I own over 30 novels written by Terry Pratchett. He is without a doubt my favorite living author. So I must give props to any attempt to expand his media. Surprisingly, I watched this on Netflix with friends a while back. We had no idea it would last for over three hours, and ultimately gave up and went to bed after the two and a half hour mark. Still, we lasted long enough to continue watching past the point where "Is it almost over?" jokes grew stale. And to be fair, the movie tries to encapsulate the first two Discworld novels.

Alex Carawan
Alex Carawan

This made for TV movie felt like a poor man's Harry Potter, with a loopy sense of humor. I've never read the books, but I'm willing to wager they're better. P.S. Curry is the man.

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