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May. 1st, 2005

09:31 pm - Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy

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I went to see it today. I went to the earliest matinee to make sure I could get a seat. rainonthewind humored me and accompanied me instead of insisting on going out and doing something to enjoy the sunshine. :-)

It was a disappointment. They tried hard to remain true to the book, but somehow they lost it. And the plot changes they made to make it more Hollywood-esque (more of a love story, more conflict, etc) were annoying and took away from the story instead of adding to it.

I don't insist on slavish adherence to novels in movie adaptations. For example, in "Lord of the Rings" I thought Arwen's expanded role, and the exposition of the love story between her and Aragorn added to the story.

But they annoy me when they're pointless, or detract from the story, or alter the original spirit of the story. And I felt the changes to Hitchikers did all three. Ford blinked. All these special effects and computer animation, and Ford blinked. :-(

The good parts were these: The inspired casting of the voice of Alan Rickman as the voice of Marvin; The exchange between Arthur and Slartibartfast when they first meet worked well; The Vogons were also done well.

Current Mood: [mood icon] disappointed

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From:mattmolto
Date:May 1st, 2005 09:55 pm (UTC)
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I enjoyed it, but had very low expectations. The BBC TV series is better and now widely available on DVD. Of course, the book is best and the radio show next best but I think that's more of a superiority of the medium thing.
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From:omnifarious
Date:May 1st, 2005 10:08 pm (UTC)
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I give it a 3 out of 7. :-)

Douglas Adams has some very clever phrasing in the book that makes the book much funnier than it could be in other mediums. My favorite example of this is when he describes the Vogon ships as "hanging in the air in exactly the same way that bricks don't.".

I should hunt down the DVDs of the BBC series.

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From:anti_cyclone
Date:May 1st, 2005 10:50 pm (UTC)
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I'm still agonizing over whether or not to even go see the stupid thing. So I guess this is one more vote for "NO."
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From:omnifarious
Date:May 1st, 2005 10:53 pm (UTC)
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I don't think it's worth seeing in the theater. I mildly regret having spent the money on it. But it's not awful, just disappointing. :-)

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From:rosencrantz319
Date:May 2nd, 2005 05:20 am (UTC)
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From:omnifarious
Date:May 2nd, 2005 06:26 am (UTC)

Re: Ford I think I'm a sofa.

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The ones that pop up and hit people in the face for no particular reason?

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From:capoeira727
Date:May 2nd, 2005 08:02 am (UTC)
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I am glad that I have not read the book or seen the TV show or radio, it allowed me to enjoy the movie with no annoyance. It really hard once you have read or heard something you loved, to expect it to be as good. There is no way that a movie can be as rich as a book. A movie cannot surpass the "movie" that goes on in the mind as one reads.

I cannot stand the Harry Potter movies for this reason.
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From:somewoman
Date:May 2nd, 2005 09:53 am (UTC)
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I agree. I think my enjoyment of the movie largely stems from the fact that I have not read the books.

And also that I am easily entertained. Perhaps that one most of all. :^)
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From:omnifarious
Date:May 15th, 2005 03:49 pm (UTC)
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And you bake cakes designed to look like an iMac. I'm sure that has something to do with it. :-)

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From:rainonthewind
Date:May 3rd, 2005 07:23 pm (UTC)
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I too went to it without having read the book, and with interest and the desire to see it (just not right that moment) yet I did not enjoy it. I agree with Eric on this - 3/7.
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From:xhasanx
Date:May 2nd, 2005 10:23 am (UTC)
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Have you seen The Interpreter?
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From:omnifarious
Date:May 3rd, 2005 06:39 am (UTC)
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Yes, I thought it was a great movie. :-) I'd rank it at perhaps 6 out of 7, or maybe 5.8 out of 7. :-)

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From:rainonthewind
Date:May 3rd, 2005 07:24 pm (UTC)
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Me too :-)
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From:memegarden
Date:May 4th, 2005 10:01 pm (UTC)
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My assessment: It didn't suck.
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