I don’t think the critics have been sniffy about GOOD OMENS, more that they’ve shrugged their shoulders and given it a collective ‘meh’. The ones I’ve read seemed to quite enjoy it, but it’s not going to be on any of their year’s end best lists. I don’t know if it will end up on my year’s end best list either, but I do know that I binged it over the last week and loved it.
An adaptation of the Gaiman/Pratchett novel, which seems funnier and more touching than the book ever was. The script probably isn’t quite as clever as the book, but still has a degree or two; the direction is truly magnificent; and the performances are excellent across the board.
I’ll pick three out though.
David Tennant has great fun playing his Doctor as a debauched rock-star; Michael Sheen has the harder job of making goodness and prissiness seem charismatic and succeeds brilliantly; while Jon Hamm is clearly loving essaying a Don Draper as Don Draper would have, in his best moments, seen himself – the king of absolutely fucking everything.
Having said all that, I’m not sure that the door left slightly ajar for the sequel is one which needs to be stepped through. I fear a second run-around may become a re-tread. For now, we have six wonderful, miraculous episodes of television and we should just be happy with that.
My debut novel, THE WANNABES – which has been out of print for a little while – is now available for free. A supernatural thriller of beautiful actresses and deadly ambition in London town, it’s well worth your time. You can get your copy here!