Good Omens TV adaptation

a buddy movie about an angel and a demon falling in love against the backdrop of a not very threatening appocalypse

 I re-read “Good Omens” in 2016 and found it to have too much Gaiman and not enough Pratchet in it. For me, this showed up in a slightly harsh tone that substituted sarcasm for empathy and turned the anti-christ into Just William with superpowers.

I was intrigued to see what Amazon would make of it.

I watched and enjoyed this series but I almost gave up after episode one because it so slick, glib, and smug in a look-how-cleverly-we’ve -adapted-this kind of way.

What kept me watching was mostly the great performances given by I Tennent and Sheen as the demon and angel. In later epsiodes I was won over by Adam who was more complicated and more credible than I expected him to be.

I was districted by Anathema Device being a charismatic Latino Californian. Perhaps this was meant to give the Americans someone to cheer for but I think Anathema was granted a little too much charisma to fit with the story.

The slick and glib thing never went away. Instead, it became a form of sanitization of the novel, with high production standards being used to smooth the edges off anything really uncomfortable – like religion sustaining itself through thou.shalt-nots that it imposes on others, reason for all those effing effs in ineffable, and the idea that fate/predestination requires a surrender of choice/agency which were granted through original sin and the knowledge of good an evil.

It was fun and pretty and amusing and the only price paid was to turn it into a buddy movie about an angel and a demon falling in love against a backdrop of a non-threatening armageddon.

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