Good Omens - My Review
S P Oldham
For what it's worth, here is my humble review of Good Omens.
I first read the book a long time ago. I enjoyed it then, but I recently re-read it before watching the series, and I enjoyed it even more. I think they did an excellent job. It cannot have been an easy story to tell on-screen after all. Kudos to them for even braving it in the first place. In my personal opinion, I loved every minute of it. So much so that I binge-watched it all in one evening.
David Tennant is always brilliant and made a great demon Crowley, as I have said before elsewhere. But for my money, Michael Sheen was absolutely outstanding as the angel Aziraphael. A real treat to watch him in action. There are some big names making an appearance here and there, too, to add to the fun! I love how the demons really are repulsive (or at least unpleasant!) but how the angels, other than Aziraphael, are less than angelic too, so to speak. Of course if you want to get serious for a minute, the story is essentially about how there is no black and white; no good and evil. It simply isn't as straightforward as that. It is also a bit of a gentle reminder that we need to look after our world and stop abusing it. How very topical...
For the most part it adheres to the book. One or two characters weren't quite as I imagined them, but may well be spot-on for other viewers. This didn't detract from the story however. Even the credits and score are brilliant and immensely watchable!
I wish they would do more of STP/Neil Gaiman's stuff in this vein. I would love to see Only You Can Save Mankind, Johnny and the Dead and Johnny and the Bomb done the same way. Refreshingly different telly and I loved it!
And I loved the dedication at the end, too. Nothing fussy, nothing soppy or sentimental. Just a simple 'For Terry.' Perfect.
In fact I enjoyed it so much, I am going to watch it again!