Good Omens – For Hitchhiker Fans

Rating (2.5 out of 5)

Summary: “Good Omen” misses the same way as does “Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy”, as a movie. The humor is in the off beat nature of the thoughts and descriptions. When put on the screen, the quirkiness is lost. “Good Omen” as a book is merely okay, but when you don’t get some of the tongue and cheek, the film is barely entertaining.

Plot: An angel, Aziraphale (Michael Sheen) and the demon Crowley (David Tennant) become friends over the centuries and work together to stop the anti-christ from completing armageddon. Working in parallel, are witch hunter and a witch.

Detail: It is how many of the lines and jokes are the same as the book, but the somehow they aren’t as funny when presented on the big screen. The actors and actress perform well and kudos for presenting the content exactly as in the book. The difference must simply come down to how your imagination portrays it versus the director.

I have one main issue with the book and the show. The story is spread across too many characters. If we focused on just on Aziraphale and Crowley, that would be great. In addition to them, there was Newton Pulisfer (Jack Whitehall) the witch hunter in training, Shadwell (Michael McKean) the experienced witch hunter, Anathema Device (Adria Arjona) the witch, the young Anti-Christ and his friends, War, Famine, Pollution, Death, etc.

What was even worse, is in the end, Aziraphale and Crowley help at all to save the world. It was a little frustrating that they didn’t really help. Why should we have cared about them, when then had zero impact. Newt and Anathema did more to save the world than Aziraphale and Crowley.