Color of Magic, The (DVD Review)6 Jul, 2009 By: Eui-jo Marquez
Stars Sean Astin, Tim Curry, Christopher Lee, David Jason, Brian Cox.
Terry Pratchett’s novels The Colour of Magic and The Light Fantastic come through almost completely intact in this two-part adaptation, which fans of the fantasy author will appreciate. But the movie is successful independently of the books.
The story takes place on magical Discworld, supported on the backs of four elephants that stand on the back of a giant turtle that floats through space. If this foundation isn’t strange enough, the film is full of other fantastical oddities, including dragons, talking swords and magic luggage.
Discworld’s future is threatened when the Great A’Tuin — the giant turtle — begins to move toward a fiery red star.
The two main characters must navigate through Discworld’s fantastic terrain, encounter its strange inhabitants and try to save the planet from destruction.
Sean Astin (“Lord of the Rings”) shines as the naively enthusiastic Twoflower, Discworld’s first tourist. Astin fits the role perfectly, down to his tourist wardrobe: sun hat, Hawaiian shirt, khaki shorts and knee-high socks with Birkenstocks.
His equally dopey partner is the bumbling Rinceweed, played by David Jones (Hogfather). Rinceweed is Discworld’s worst wizard. He is kicked out of the Unseen
University for spending 40 years there and learning only one spell.
Tim Curry (Clue, The Three Musketeers) always plays a bad guy well, and his turn as the evil wizard Trymon is no exception. And Death, played by Christopher Lee, makes comic appearances throughout and might be the funniest character of all.
The Color of Magic is a movie for the entire family. Adults will find it quaint, and children will find it exciting. The special effects are decent but clearly not at the same level of a theatrical blockbuster. It’s more like an updated The Neverending Story. The scenery and creatures will elicit plenty of oohs and aahs. And the movie’s silly humor is in the same vein as Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.