Going Postal - a film worth seeing twice

Legend By Legend, 21st Mar 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Going Postal is a great movie based on a great author - Terry Pratchett. The film aims to be close to the original story line and is a great creation on it's own. This is my review of the film

Going Postal - the author - Terry Pratchett

The author of the original book, Terry Pratchett has recently passed away and the world mourns his loss. Terry Pratchett has enriched lives all over the world with his literary creations. Of particular note are his many books based in a fantasy world known as the Discworld (called thus because it is flat) which is situated atop four giant elephants who stand on the back of a giant turtle flying through space. Terry Prachett's works are generally humorous and each book takes a certain genre or classic work as the base for many of the jokes. Ankhmorpork,the largest city on the Discworld plays prominently in many of Terry Pratchett's works and seems to modeled after London in many ways.

The Discworld - an overview

For those as yet unfamiliar with the works of Terry Pratchett, it worth writing a few words about the Discworld by way of introduction. The Discworld is a world of magic, gods, thieves, wizards, assasins, heroes and monsters. As is the rule for parodies, Terry Pratchett's heroes are generally more anti-heroes than heroes who stumble through adventures occasionally showing a measure of true heroic character deeply ingrained in their soul. Although many of the books exist within specific timelines and would best be enjoyed in sequence, they can also be read as stand-alone reads without to much difficulty (although, admittedly, some jokes might be lost on the new reader).

Going Postal - a brief synopsis

The post office has been in decline ever since the introduction of a new method of transmitting messages termed the "clacks". Lord Vetinari of Ankhmorpork decides to reinstate the post office and manages to conscript - very much against his will - a con-man who will take on the job. The con man must overcome several problems including a dysfunctional work team, technological inferiority, public opinion and assassination attempts as well as his own conscience which plagues him for harming innocent people with his various cons. The con-man teams up with a woman who he falls in love with to successfully compete against the "clacks". Their victory is derived not from any true advantage of the post but rather by exposing the crimes of the person who heads the "clacks" system.

Analysis of Going Postal

The true charm of Going Postal lies primarily in the process of redemption which the protagonist undergoes. From a con man who is completely self centered and out only for personal gain, he gradually matures in to a responsible hero who leads his men to victory. He learns to face his crimes and even tries to atone for them. The movie also gives a vision of true redemption where the sins of the past are forgiven as some of the damages of the past are repaired and he becomes once more accepted as an important and helpful member of society.

From the words of Film

My favorite lines in the film:
(The protagonist is trying to promote using the post - he is referring to the mailed letter as opposed to a "clacks" message)
"Can you seal it with a loving kiss? Can you cry tears on to a clacks, can you smell it, can you enclose a pressed flower? A letter is more than just a message..."


Ankh, Ankhmorpork, Discworld, Fantasy, Going Postal, Mail, Post, Post Office, Redemption, Science Fiction, Terry Pratchett, Teshuva, Tshuva

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I am a practicing physician. I have spent 5 years in Yeshiva studying religion. I published a card game on wikinut and I am in a process of getting divorced

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