April 30, 2005

Review – The Hitchickers guide to the galaxy

Was really quite poor. Sorry guys.

An slightly-worse than average sci-fi adventure film with the very minimum in
detail and hilariousness from the other media. Not enough guide. All of my faveroute bits cut out (apart from the whale).
A small number of good things: The vogons. Their ships.

Er… thats about it. trillian is annoying, zaphod more so (and WTF is goingon with his head? John Maclovic…. WHY? Arthurs been slightly heroised (like a carbon copy of standard sci fi reluctant hero). Ford is quite good.

Dont expect:
Ford convincing the decendent of genhis kahn to lie in the mud instead
Ford and arthur trying to persuade the vogon guard not to put them in the airlock
The explanation of how the infinate improability drive was created
The disproof of god
The overheard remark that sparks a multi-galaxy super war
An infinate number of monkeys handing arthur the script for hamlet theyve worked out, while ford is turning into a penguin.
An explanation of why a towel is usefull. They made it look like ford had a towel fetish. They like, completely fucked up on that regard. And because they miss this, the miss out an explination of what to do if you are faced with impending death at the hands of a bugblatter beast of traal.

Do expect:
Cool special effects, nicely done.
A slightly rubbishy story remash.
Marvin is awesome.
The doors are also cool.

All in all: To survive in this media all of the detailed complexity has been lost, along with most of the humour. Im sure people will love it they havnt read the books etc.
Really dissapointing.
43%


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  1. No. NO! Say it ain't so!

    30 Apr 2005, 16:31

  2. What about the description of what happens if we every work out what the universe is for? Or the streams of guilt, whereby if your home planet is destroyed 'there are no people to be fed, or whales to be saved; there is no washing up to be done'?

    30 Apr 2005, 17:20

  3. But Marvin, Marvin was marvellous!

    30 Apr 2005, 18:23

  4. Now, even though it does not have the whole book in it (you try cramming it into 2 hours!), I did thoroughly enjoy the film.

    I didn't expect a completely accurate representation, and I didn't get one.

    If you hadn't read the books, how would you rate the film then?

    01 May 2005, 12:57

  5. I know, I was gutted about the Ghengis Khan bit too :(

    03 May 2005, 23:36

  6. Hitchhiker Fan

    Hey, nice review, I agree. Just enjoy the books as it is.

    Look what I found while looking for Douglas Adams quotes, maybe you'll like it, HITCHHIKERS GUIDE STORE > www.graffitiusa.com

    07 May 2005, 01:45

  7. Claudio "Ford"

    I agree with your review!
    And also, the Italian translation of the movie is even worse of the one of the book (I read it either in Italian and in English).

    03 Jul 2006, 08:25


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