Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Journal of Omnifarious
May. 1st, 2005
09:31 pm - Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy
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.