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A Fan's Review, X-Posted [May. 23rd, 2005|03:38 pm]
Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Fans


...my own thoughts on the Hitchhiker movie, with comparisons to the book. Interested to know if anyone felt the same, or would beg to differ.

Brief Hitchhiker Review

Amazon.com had a used book of the entire Hitchhiker series for 12 bucks, so I grabbed it. I had enough time to read a dozen pages of the novel before I saw the movie, which was enough to give me a good idea of what I was in for (not a fan of TV, I hadn’t seen any previews). These have been my thoughts in comparison, so far...

- Opening musical number is a poor choice for the general audience. Most people were thrown off (as was likely intended) but the downside was that many of them also thought, “What the hell is this shit?” On the other hand, another friend of mine went home, downloaded the song, and played it over and over. I think I enjoyed it, but it was a bit too much.

- The earliest confusion was with the Infinity - /Improbability Rate. The book explains this way of travel far better than the film. It’s okay to be weird, but not so cool when you aren’t thorough. It would have been better if there had been more emphasis on the fact that demolishing Earth was unnecessary after recent discoveries.

- Zaphod was too much of a surfer bum, in short, an idiot, and left me hoping that I would not come home to read a lengthy series involving such a character. Thankfully, the book expresses his strengths (specifically, how he uses his own stupidity in several ways, in his favor) and doesn’t portray him as the annoyance I usually found him to be. This is where the movie lost most of its points, with me.

- The overall feeling during the film was comedic and light-hearted, whereas the book is clearly deeper with more suspense. I missed this, in the film. It was a few too many degress in the children’s category and would remind me of how so many other tales of space travel are so much darker/better.

- In the movie, we see Trillian working controls like she’s suddenly intelligent. Leaving out the fact that she was a math whiz was a poor choice, as it would have made her place on the ship make more sense, perhaps compensating for her bad acting.

- Marvin’s dialogue was never amusing to me, and a joke that got old, fast. He hasn’t been very amusing in the book, either, but perhaps this was all part of the mockery of “people personality” programming.

I’m finding the subtle differences (i.e. in the book, two main characters act cool when they run into one another -character development key- when, in the movie, they go nuts and run up to each other... Trillian insists on bringing two white mice with her, in the book/in the movie, they just kind of seemed to get there) interesting, sometimes working well and other times, working against the story.

Before I read the main source I viewed the movie and never felt like I had missed anything, which I knew meant that a lot of people who had “never seen anything like it” would fall absolutely in love with the film. While it lacked some serious elements that I prefer in the Weird category, it was all in all an enjoyable film. It is a pretty crazy story – kudos for trying to put it on the screen and doing as well as they did.

From: biggd
2005-05-24 05:41 am (UTC)
Alot of people seem to hate the movie, but the book is just so weird that I think ANY movie would loose a hell of alot of it in the translation.

Zaphod seems to be someone whose intelligent but real ADD'ed out in the book, but the movie just protrays him as a straight up moron.
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[User Picture]From: great_dame
2005-05-24 02:15 pm (UTC)
I was really shocked they decided on that kind of character, for him.
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[User Picture]From: shortshanks
2005-07-20 10:06 pm (UTC)
Well, personally, I thought the whole thing brilliant. I myself am a writer and I can appreciate how hard it can be to get things the same from one media type to the next. However, I've also heard that Douglas Adams produced the also inaccurate BBC tv series in Britian. I don't think he'd mind a few twists in his original story.

The only thing I really missed was the Vogon guard shouting, "Resistance is useless!!"
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