Reviews of Mort (1987) and related work

Mort (1987Text)

Terry Pratchett (writer).

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Wyrd Sisters (1988Text)

Terry Pratchett (writer).

Most centrally, Macbeth (1606).

Probably the first time Pratchett found a really rich premise for the Discworld. His witches are an improvement over the trio in The Black Cauldron (1985), a similar compromise between stereotype and character.

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‣‣ Wyrd Sisters (1997Moving picture, 140 minutes)

Seen in 2018.

Oddly faithful. It preserves even the most literary jokes, which doesn’t make sense for a film, and it animates the silent movie gags instead of using film. It’s also too cheaply produced to bring any visual pleasure to the adaptation, and it adds a few stereotypes (like the enhanced appearance of WxrtHltl-jwl, pronounced here) but its overall faithfulness is sort of endearing.

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Guards! Guards! (1989Text)

Terry Pratchett (writer).

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Pyramids (1989Text)

Terry Pratchett (writer).

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Moving Pictures (1990Text)

Terry Pratchett (writer).

It’s got little to do with fantasy.

References here: Soul Music (1994).

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Men at Arms (1993Text)

Terry Pratchett (writer).

The silicon brain heat sink is the perfect symbol of Pratchett’s Discworld: The mad genius of a late-night D&D session, building a world by probing its limits, including its limits as fiction.

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Soul Music (1994Text)

Terry Pratchett (writer).

Like Moving Pictures (1990), it’s too thinly connected to the secondary world to achieve much.

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