Sorry for the delay on this review. I actually finished watching Good Omens on Amazon (Not Netflix, hehe) weeks ago. But, you know, life happened, and it took me a while to sit down and talk about it.
Here’s the first thing you need to understand. I love Neil Gaiman. I mean, freaking love his books. I love everything he writes. The first time I read Good Omens, I finished it in one day. This is, by far, one of my favorite books of all time.
When I first heard that they were making Good Omens into a mini-series, I had conflicting feelings. On the one hand, many of Gaiman’s stories have been converted to the big or small screen to great effect. Coraline, for instance, is one of my favorite movies. However, I’ve been burned by movies based on books I loved so many many times. We won’t talk about The Giver movie. And you don’t want me to talk about the Harry Potter movies. Or the first X-Men trilogy.
And so, when I sat down to watch the first episode, I did so with reservations. And then I saw that Neil Gaiman was involved with making the show, and I felt a lot better about the whole thing.
Turns out, it was great.
The casting was perfect
That was a big problem I had with the X-Men movies. Not my only problem, but a big one. But the casting on Good Omens was fantastic. I can’t imagine anyone else playing Crowley other than David Tennant, and I’m not just saying that because he’s The Doctor. His physical movement really sold the character, even aside from his delivery. And Michael Sheen as Aziraphale was perfect. Of course, every time I saw Jon Hamm as Gabriel, I just started laughing.
The intro was wonderful
I know this isn’t the best thing to judge about a show, but an intro means a lot to me. Yeah, I’m weird. Blame it on the Simpsons and Firefly for setting such a high bar. But this intro was a work of art. Hands down.
For the most part, they stayed right to the lines of the book.
Look, I’m not saying that every movie or tv show based on a book has to read the book like it’s the script verbatim. I mean, that would be nice. But it’s not realistic.
But Good Omens got pretty damn close, no lie. I re-read the book a week before the show premiered, and this show was almost line per line for many of the scenes.
There were additions, but they made total sense
Now, of course, they had to add a few things. They had this whole story about Nazies that was really fun. And they did change up the ending. But they changed it in a way that made total and absolute sense. I don’t want to spoil it, because you should absolutely watch it. But the ending, and all of the other additions, make sense.
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