The criticisms of Hogfather listed below in no way detract from the fact that I thought that the film was, on the whole, fantastic and brilliant.
It suffered a little from lack of budget. I’d always imagined the Tooth Fairy as a sort of cross between Andy Serkis’ Gollum and a Grey alien, but brown with yellow eyes; not the little old man with a couple of bits of plasticine stuck to his head that we actually got. The intro sequence should have been changed for the second half; it was a bit disconcerting to have ‘Our story continues in Ankh-Morpork – oh but in fact we’re going to the Tooth Fairy’s castle’.
I would have shot the Deep and Meaningful bit at the end very differently. I got the impression that either the director, or the actors, or both, didn’t really understand what it was all about. There should at the very least have been a pause of some sort after ‘A big ball of flaming gas would have illumined the world’, to let it sink in, before Susan started speaking again. But actually I’d have scripted the whole thing as a monologue by Death, over shots of sunrise over the mountains, catching icicles and snow crystals and making pretty colours; possibly going on to scenes of goodwill when we get to the bit about the ‘big lies: mercy and justice’ (maybe the watchmen caring for the little match girl?), and only bring Susan in again right at the end. It wouldn’t even have cost that much more.
In other news, a goose for Christmas is now sorted. One of the local butchers was still taking orders, and we pick it up on Saturday.