Thursday, May 05, 2005

Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy

Douglas Adams must be turning in his grave. His 5 book "trilogy" has been turned into one farce of a film. I can't imagine how they did this except that the film must have been controlled by movie company executives leaving little room for a properly told story. At least Lord of The Rings was carefully made into the fantastic trilogy that roughly made up the backbone of the book. The scenes from this film seem plucked out of random passages assembled into a pastiche of utter nonsense. I watched this film with 4 people. One walked out, one fell asleep, 2 who had read the book tutted consistently and this viewer wished he was asleep. So long and thanks for all the mess.
I would give this film 0.42 babel fish out of 5.

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Blogger Donovan said...

Noticed the difference between Amazon.com on IE, and Amazon.com on Firefox? Looks like their new design doesn't work in the second biggest browser.

11:14 pm  
Blogger Donovan said...

Back on topic, here's a big review of the movie:

http://planetmagrathea.com/longreview1.html

Note, it does contain spoilers.

11:55 pm  
Blogger Jay Tea said...

Excellent review if unncessarily long but it highlights the abosolute blind work that went into making an absolute shambles. The amazing thing is that the PR machine had me convinced that it's a good movie. Perhaps they should have let them write the script. It couldn't have been any worse.

12:38 am  
Blogger Donovan said...

You said it.

I just watched it again. It's not a very long film, but I felt tired as if I'd watched Schindler's List. I was actually totally bored, when not grimacing from the lame dialogue.

What about the John Malcovich character? He was introduced in a side plot that had no relation to anything else in the book, and after they finished that scene barely mentioned it again. When they got the gun, did they say "lets get this back to that guy and get your head back"? THey didn't even try.

Restaurant at the end of the universe? It's the end of time, not location. I could go on and on, and totally understand why that guy wrote at such length (he's been following DNA's life for over 20 years).

The point he made about jokes being removed and replaced with inane, empty crap is spot on.

Looking at the reviews on IMDB you'd think it was a great film. Most reviews are saying it's great, true to the story, really funny (???) and a fantastic movie in it's own right.

Arg.

5:01 am  
Blogger Jay Tea said...

It's right up there in my worst films of all time although it doesn't beat Apollo 13 because I fell asleep during that.
Perhaps the world is ready for Cobra Squad: Ignite!

5:26 am  

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