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Jimmy Brogan
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posted 18 February 2005 02:52 PM      Profile for Jimmy Brogan   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy movie trailer is here

It's hard to tell just from a trailer but it looks like it's been Americanized and dumbed down (no I'm not being redundant) a bit. Looks like fun though.

[ 28 April 2005: Message edited by: JimmyBrogan ]


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posted 18 February 2005 03:08 PM      Profile for ian gregson     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
From what I have seen it is an anglo-american production. The role of Slartibartfast is played by Bill Nighy which should be fun. Martin Freeman [also from Love Actually] is playing Arthur. Mos Def is playing Ford Prefect. Simon Jones has a small role in there too as does John Malkovich !!!

BTW - the BBC recently broadcast the last two books as radio plays, bringing back most of the original radio cast. I was able to record some of it.

At worst it looks like one of those British/American productions that end up looking like it belongs somewhere in the mid-atlantic.

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Originally posted by JimmyBrogan:
Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy movie trailer is here

It's hard to tell just from a trailer but it looks like it's been Americanized and dumbed down (no I'm not being redundant) a bit. Looks like fun though.



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It seems very shoot 'em up.
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posted 19 February 2005 01:18 AM      Profile for Surferosad   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Mmmmm, doesn't seem to be very faithful to the book... Well, I wish this will be good, so I'll suspend my judgement. Let's hope it isn't shit. But I'm not getting my hopes up...
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posted 19 February 2005 01:20 AM      Profile for Surferosad   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I'll bet you a million bucks against a used match that all the jokes making fun of religion and philosophy will be totally gone...
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posted 19 February 2005 04:33 AM      Profile for angrymonkey     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I can't tell from that trailer if it has much of the feeling of the book.
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posted 19 February 2005 04:50 PM      Profile for Timebandit     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I'm afraid to even look.
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posted 19 February 2005 05:00 PM      Profile for Papal Bull   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
It may ruin the books for me. But I MUST see it.
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I dunno. It looks like Arthur is well-cast, but what made it work was Douglas Adams' unmistakeably dry, understated, English wit. I can't see him writing sight gags of the sort seen in the trailer.
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posted 19 February 2005 05:35 PM      Profile for Agent 204   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I think the best Hitchhiker's Guide was the original radio series, though the books were great too. I'm curious to see this movie, but somehow I doubt it will be up to snuff.
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I loved Martin Freeman in "The Office". I think that the humour of the books and radio plays will be hard to translate to the big screen. I am hoping otherwise.
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At least the SFX will be better than the 1980's TV series. Anyone see that? In the radio series, Zaphod's second head and third arm was a throw-way gag, but putting it on screen was a nightmare. It seems that this time, they kept the extra arm, and lost the extra head.

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posted 19 February 2005 06:05 PM      Profile for Surferosad   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Oliver Cromwell:
At least the SFX will be better than the 1980's TV series. Anyone see that? In the radio series, Zaphod's second head and third arm was a throw-way gag, but putting it on screen was a nightmare. It seems that this time, they kept the extra arm, and lost the extra head.

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I've seen that. Zaphod's head: a badly done dummy head attached to the actor's shoulder. Looked like shit, but in an endearing way.

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posted 19 February 2005 06:11 PM      Profile for ReeferMadness     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Hmmmm........

Looks very Hollywood-ized but I'll probably give it a shot.


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posted 20 February 2005 05:08 AM      Profile for ian gregson     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Unless he has a direct connection between here and the "after-life". Or is he at the Big Bang Burger Bar in the sky or at the Restuarant at the Enf of the Universe ?

You know Douglas died a few years back - right ?


quote:
Originally posted by Oliver Cromwell:
I dunno. It looks like Arthur is well-cast, but what made it work was Douglas Adams' unmistakeably dry, understated, English wit. I can't see him writing sight gags of the sort seen in the trailer.

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quote:
I can't tell from that trailer if it has much of the feeling of the book.

I can. It doesn't. Otherwise, why all the sight gags?

It's going to be Ernest Goes to Space. And yes, I'll probably go see it.


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Well, it is a Disney movie after all... it will be dumbed down.

Anyway, there are more serious issues at stake here, I have this lingering fear that Revenge of the Sith is gonna blow.

I hope it doesn't, but Episode 1 and 2 blew...


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posted 20 February 2005 02:16 PM      Profile for Surferosad   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by ian gregson:

You know Douglas died a few years back - right ?



I wouldn't be surprised if that's one of the reasons why the movie was made: no pesky author around to keep the producers from dumbing it down... And of course, they're counting on the fans to help them cash in. I'm waiting for the critic's opinion before going to see it. Frankly, I'm not getting my hopes up, and I don't want the movie to ruin the books.


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posted 20 February 2005 02:23 PM      Profile for 'lance     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
I hope it doesn't, but Episode 1 and 2 blew...

I don't know, the second one wasn't so bad. Millennium Falcon always breaking down... Han Solo being frozen, coming out looking like some agonized figure from a post-Vietnam War bronze sculpture... several moments of interest, I thought.

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Those were episode four and five.
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posted 20 February 2005 02:41 PM      Profile for Papal Bull   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
'lance looses about 30 nerd points for not understanding the fundamental differences between Phantom Menace/Clone Wars and A New Hope/Empire Strikes Back.

What's next? Is he going to say that Star Trek VI was the Search for Spock!?


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quote:
Those were episode four and five.

Oh, right.

Well, I've never been a very careful Star Trek viewer.

quote:
What's next? Is he going to say that Star Trek VI was the Search for Spock!?

Dr. Spock was on Star Trek? Who knew?

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Waiiiit a minute. This is one of rasmus_raven's pendant traps, isn't it?
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Busted!

Old one -- so obvious, I was almost embarrassed to use it. I can't believe it worked.

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posted 20 February 2005 04:56 PM      Profile for Contrarian     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Papal Bull, "A New Hope" sounds like a Green Party slogan or something; that movie is called "Star Wars" and they only tacked on the extra words for youngsters who were born after somebody invented the movie sequel.
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[As an aside, has anyone here ever played that old text-based Hitchhiker's game? Know where to find it?]
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You can find it here, as a Java applet. You have to copy the serial number from that screenshot into the thing at the bottom (they had to slow access down a bit due to bandwith concerns, apparently) but it works fine.
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Whoa, havent seen that game since I used the old Apple IIC.

Thanks for that link. Brings up memories.


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posted 21 February 2005 01:44 AM      Profile for Papal Bull   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Contrarian:
Papal Bull, "A New Hope" sounds like a Green Party slogan or something; that movie is called "Star Wars" and they only tacked on the extra words for youngsters who were born after somebody invented the movie sequel.

*buzzer*

Watch the movie non-nerd!

The original scrolling text at the top says Episode IV: A New Hope.

Don't screw with the youngsters, we don't have lives.


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No it didn't. Some of us saw it in the original release.
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quote:
The original scrolling text at the top says Episode IV: A New Hope.
The wonders of digital flimflammery.

While on the topic of original movies, there is a bit I distinctly recall from the first time I saw Raiders of the Lost Ark, which is not on the video copy I have. The opening sequence has Indy running from this huge round boulder through a cave; then he jumps out of the round cave mouth and right behind him the boulder stops suddenly, perfectly plugging the cave mouth; and I recall the audience was startled into laughing. That bit is missing now; one moment he's running through the cave, the next he's out in the jungle. So does anyone else recall that or did I dream it?


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quote:
Originally posted by Mike Keenan:
I think the best Hitchhiker's Guide was the original radio series, though the books were great too. I'm curious to see this movie, but somehow I doubt it will be up to snuff.

the original bbc radio series can be found here for your streaming pleasure. (real player)


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Didn't see any mice in the trailer, the pub looks like the same from the TV series. Don't forget there were a number of Americanised characters in the series, Trillian was played by an American actress, also the crazy cops who shot at them when escaping from Magrathea.

Looks like Zaphod has two rotating heads instead of the shoulder side by side deal, which looks like something from Men in Black. The Triple Breasted Whore of Eroticon 6 seems to have grown in stature somewhat !

John Malkovich plays half a dude, I wonder if the only paid half as much as everyone else.

The entry from the Magrathean surface to the inside of the planet looks very similar to the original, which is funny since that consisted of the bubble ship on the back of a truck being filmed going through the tunnel under the Thames.

I had read that Douglas had derailed the other movie projects due to their straying from his original concept, I hope this one is true to the book enough to pass muster.

quote:
Originally posted by JimmyBrogan:
Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy movie trailer is here

It's hard to tell just from a trailer but it looks like it's been Americanized and dumbed down (no I'm not being redundant) a bit. Looks like fun though.



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telltale sign of the film being americanised: will ford and arthur be drinking bitters just before the vogon annihilation ... or some rice-based american beer abomination?
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quote:
I wouldn't be surprised if that's one of the reasons why the movie was made: no pesky author around to keep the producers from dumbing it down... And of course, they're counting on the fans to help them cash in. I'm waiting for the critic's opinion before going to see it. Frankly, I'm not getting my hopes up, and I don't want the movie to ruin the books.

I believe Adams was working on a screenplay for the film when he very suddenly had a heart attack and died. Perhaps that meant that Hollywood was then able to do whatever they pleased with it?


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I remember the boulder it seams to me as well. Can't say what exactly.
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Ah, thank you. I tried googling it a while ago, but could find no comments about it.
Edited: now I googled again ["raiders of the lost ark" boulder cave] and found a couple of descriptions, including this one:
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...The protagonist takes the idol from the dead man's hands, and starts to leave, when he hears heavy rock sounds behind him. He turns to see a gigantic round rock rolling down towards him. He turns and runs for his life, with the ball rolling right on his heels. He trips, falls down to his knees, but keeps on going and quickly gets up with the gigantic boulder but a few feet behind him. He runs into a thick spider web, but still doesn't stop. Instead, he dives out through the cave entrance just as the boulder slams up against the entrance, and seals it forever.

[The climax of the scene occurs when the protagonist dives through the entrance with idol in hand and the boulder slams shut the opening. He has outwitted the forces that were fighting him for possession of the idol.]...


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quote:
Originally posted by 'topherscompy:

the original bbc radio series can be found here for your streaming pleasure. (real player)


THANK YUOOOOOO!


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posted 28 April 2005 10:15 PM      Profile for Jimmy Brogan   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Opens tomorrow.

Tomatometer is split down the middle.

But on further review of the reviews, most of the good ones seem lukewarm at best.


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I haven't heard a single good thing about the movie.


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My roomate who is a big sci-fi and Douglas Adams fan gave it a good review. He was skeptical but saw a premiere and said he thought they did quite a good job. He also seemed to think it seemed they left it open for a sequel.
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I have heard nothing but barfing sounds about this movie. I suspect that it's because the barfers are people who grew up with the books, radio series and then TV adaptation. I could be wrong (although it would be a first).
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There's a site where they've set up an actual Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. You know, with entries on Life, the Universe, and Everything. Adams helped to set it up, but it's taken on a life of its own. Imagine a cross between Babble and Wikipedia, and you'll start to get an idea.

Not surprisingly, the "researchers" at the Guide have beendiscussing the movie, which I think was released in Britain earlier than here. More surprisingly (given that you'd expect them to be Douglas Adams dogmatists), a fair number of them seem to like it.

Bear in mind that the story has already gone through three incarnations - first radio play, then books, then TV miniseries (or was it TV, then books?). It's evolved a bit already. And Adams never wanted a movie version to be a faithful transposition of the earlier versions - he wanted to do something different.

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I'm off to see it tommorow - still very excited, but bracing for dissapointment.

Roger Ebert reviews it here. I've long since stopped trusting Ebert's opinions of movies - he's gotten crochety, and more interested in breasts than plot or cinematography since Siskel passed away, or so I find. In other words, just because he wasn't thrilled, doesn't mean I won't like it (particularly since he seemed to think Bridget Jones II was worth spitting on were it on fire. I, did not.)


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posted 29 April 2005 05:33 AM      Profile for Willowdale Wizard   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
i have seen the film.

(clears throat)

the drinking in pub/eat the peanuts scene, the effects, stephen fry as the narrator/the voice of the book, and bill nighy as slartibartfast: good.

mice, whale, and bowl of petunias: present and accounted for.

the bad news: dozens of minutes of invented scenes that are not in the books, and a disney-fied love angle between trillian and arthur.


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Jesse Wente on Metro Morning seemed to like it overall, for what that's worth.

Other than the invented love angle, what other scenes were added? Could it be that some of them actually came from the original radio series? Several episodes from the series didn't make it into the books at all.

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# 1 at weekend box-office.

The budget probably wasn't too large so those numbers should be good for the producers.

And it is now officially rated 'fresh' on the tomatometer.

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saw it last night...and as someone who has never (gasp!) read the book, I enjoyed the film. I agree though, the love story between trillian and arthur was somewhat painful and a bit of a stretch...

the character design was awesome!

I don't know how faithful the film is to the book, but I don't think people should go into an adaptation with those kinds of expectations...you'll almost always be disappointed.


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Don't read this post if you want to avoid some minor spoilers. You've been warned.

I am mixed. I thought they rushed some elements of the story, jumping illogically from place to place. There probably are a lot of Ford Prefect scenes on the cutting room floor, because his role in the movie was pretty choppy...serving mostly as Arthur's quirky guide or Zaphod's loyal sidekick, without much else.

I suspect that some of the clips on the cutting room floor are vital. The viewer has to have a pretty sharp mind (or to have read the books) to understand, for example, how the improbability drive works, or why independant thinking is punished on Vogsphere. What's most important, though, is this: The bowl of petunias ("oh, no. Not again.") is never explained! What's up with that?

Oh ya, I also didn't like that the scene of Zaphod stealing the Heart of Gold was reduced to a 15 second bit. In the books, that scene really sets up the tone for that character's antics throughout the series. Oh well.

On the good side: Sam Rockwell was absolutely brilliant as Zaphod Beeblebrox. He won't be nominated for anything, because it is an exceptionally silly role, but he was brilliant. The rest of the cast was quite good, too, especially Mos Def and Martin Freeman. I also appreciated the voiceover talents of Alan Rickman (Marvin) and Helen Mirren (Deep Thought).

(yes, I am looking forward to the Christmas release of the extended version DVD)

Ooh, ooh! I almost forgot. Nobody flies in the movie! Probably a concession by Adams to Disney to avoid large lawsuits following the movie's release...

[ 02 May 2005: Message edited by: Briguy ]


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Like Bri, I too am looking forward to the extended DVD :-)

We saw it last night, and everyone enjoyed it (Hal and I who can quote chunks of the books, and 13 and 11 year old kids who had never read them). There are bits I wish were better fleshed out, and the love sub-plot was a bit ridiculous, but overall it's decent. And I have the damn dolphin song stuck in my brain.

What I found interesting was that the kids *got* most of it, possibly reflecting their sci-fi and fantasy movie upbringing (improbability drive? You're a sofa? COOL.) And they loved the whale, the petunias, and Marvin.


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I'm so behind. For those who haven't seen it yet, here is a good review from an Australian ABC TV show. David and MArgaret are quite serious reviewers and not afraid to rip into crappy movies.
Apparently this is the version that Douglas Adams was writing the script for:
"Lovers of the original TV series and the books should thoroughly enjoy this big-screen version of the Hitchhiker's Guide, because the filmmakers, led by first-time director Garth Jennings, have been pretty faithful to the original; the late Douglas Adams worked on the screenplay and was one of the film's producers."

A good sign, too, that Alan Rickman is the voice of Marvin the paranoid android. A perfect casting decision!!

Read more at the link.

I will be seeing it with high expectations.

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quote:
Originally posted by Willowdale Wizard:

the bad news: dozens of minutes of invented scenes that are not in the books, and a disney-fied love angle between trillian and arthur.

Actually, I liked those things. Why would I go see the movie if it was a straight transcription of the book? I'd just read the book instead.


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I didn't have a problem with the new scenes, although I would have liked it if they had developed some of the ideas and scenes from the book a bit further.

But Trillian and Arthur? No, no, no a thousand times no. The beauty of Arthur Dent is that he is alone with his towel in the universe. He is not supposed to get the girl (at least not til the 4th book) and Trillian is supposed to be the type of person who deserves... well, Zaphod and not some weak tepid moment where she discovers her soul mate is an inept man from a fancy dress party on earth. Boo to the weakening of Trillian's character and big boo to the idea that Arthur Dent is successful at anything other than staying alive in a bizarre universe.


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The love thing was cheesy, but the Webgeek and I both enjoyed it. He's a bit more of a Douglas Adams pedant than I am (it's been about 20 years since I last read the series). The dolphin song was hilarious, casting worked well (I was not terribly enamored of Trillian, but whatever). The Ford Prefect character was a little thin... I suppose I could find some quibbling things to say about it, but whatever.

Adams was involved in the development of this script; I'm not going to complain that it didn't follow the book or the series exactly. It was a fun flick, and worth seeing.


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Anyone know if there's an mp3 of the dolphins' song kicking around anywhere?
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I bet you a pint that the Webgeek is searching for one right now.
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I'll buy you one either way :-)
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the film took 4.2 million at the UK box office in its first week ... 4.2 ... 42 ... coincidence? ... not likely.
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quote:
Originally posted by alisea:
Anyone know if there's an mp3 of the dolphins' song kicking around anywhere?

There most certainly is!

So long, so long, so long, so long, and THANKS for all the fiiiiiiishh.


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Did anyone else bring a towel to the movie?
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I went yesterday. Laughed and laughed, got a little teary during Slartibartfast's tour. I read the first two books when they came out, just remembered the extremely broad outlines. Had a blast. Mos Def was a really pleasant surprise.
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Funny No#1 http://www.theaterhopper.com/?strip_id=429

Funny No#2 http://www.theaterhopper.com/?strip_id=430


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quote:
Originally posted by vickyinottawa:
The love thing was cheesy

As opposed to everything else in the movie?


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Walker: could you check your PMs please?
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We all went and really enjoyed it. I thought that the depressed robot was a somewhat lame design but that otherwise it was well done. We all laughed and laughed...

The old series was good too but this summarized nicely.


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It was rather good - I'm a bit of an Adams geek, so I was a bit annoyed by the fact that it really didn't have that much to do with the book, but still - he was responsible for much of the screenplay, so that doesn't matter. There were some huge plotholes, such as the quest given to them by John Malkovich, who then completely drops out of the movie, but the spirit was intact, and ultimately, if that's there, I can excuse anything else.
Marvin wasn't half as good as the original, but Bill Nighy was a better Slartibartfast, and Mos Def was surprisingly good.
The music was great, by Divine Comedy alumni Joby Talbot (that's Neil Hannon of the Divine Comedy at the end singing 'So Long and thanks for all the Fish'), and the production design was superb.
Not bad, really. Not bad at all.

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