I really, really want to like Amazon’s adaptation of Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman’s Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch; just look at this phenomenal gathering of actors! Speaking as a not-yet reader (I know!), at the least this means I don’t already have a propensity to declare any adaptation “not as good as the book” and yet, despite my intense desire, the promotions just haven’t been giving me a great feeling about the thing.
I know, I know … here we have our beloved David Tennant playing a deliciously wicked demon alongside the fantastic Michael Sheen, who’s playing a put upon angel, and the pair are snarking their way through an apocalyptic crisis on earth — aka stopping the antichrist from making his expected appearance and bringing “life” as they know it to a screeching halt. It all sounds great on paper, especially with the addition of Jon Hamm’s (expanded role) Gabriel, Frances McDormand as the voice of God, Benedict Cumberbatch as the voice of Satan, and Nick mothereffin’ Offerman as …
… WHO CARES? It’s Nick mothereffin’ Offerman! (a U.S. Ambassador, and Warlock’s father).
Still and despite Sheen and Tennant’s earnest verbal sparring, I’m not getting quite the magical vibe off this trailer that I’d wish for (something perhaps along the lines of American Gods‘ first season? Would that Bryan Fuller was involved.) Have a peek, yourself:
My qualms aside, every trailer tells a story and may not necessarily match the end result. With the insanely talented cast and Sherlock wizard, Douglas Mackinnon at the helm, we’d all be foolish not to give the series a chance.
Catch the aforementioned actors, as well as Anna Maxwell Martin, Josie Lawrence, Adria Arjona, Michael McKean, Jack Whitehall, Miranda Richardson, Mireille Enos, Yusuf Gatewood, Derek Jacobi, Mark Gatiss, Steve Pemberton, Ned Dennehy, Nina Sosanya, and Reece Shearsmith on Amazon Prime, May 31st.