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May 4th, 2005


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10:21 pm - The Answer is "42"
Went to see "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" today at the movies. I'd seen a lot of mixed reviews of it, but I enjoyed it very much.

I'd first come across it on a recommendation from one of my aunts, who thought I'd enjoy it. She was familiar with the radio series and told me that the BBC had turned it into a TV miniseries, which was at the time being shown on PBS. I watched it and enjoyed it very much. (I later came across the original radio show she'd mentioned, on NPR -- something that I rarely listen to, even though I know people who broadcast various shows on it here in New York. I recognized the voices as belonging to some of the same actors that I was familiar with from the BBC TV series, which was nice.)

Later I read all the books, eventually acquiring the omnibus edition containing all the novels and bonus short story. I enjoyed Adams' work immensely and hoped he'd write more Hitchhiker's Guide books and was saddened to hear of his sudden passing in 2001. I even bought a copy of his "Starship Titanic" videogame and played it quite a bit for a while too.

I thought the movie was a pretty decent reflection of the prior forms of the Hitchhiker's Guide, although I personally liked the TV series Arthur Dent MUCH more than the current movie's. The actor who played Arthur before was Simon Jones, who does the befuddled Briton to perfection, IMO -- see him as Bridey in "Brideshead Revisited" for another example of him as a dotty lord who Just Doesn't Get It. I thought it was a nice touch that he did a cameo in the movie as the video "answering machine" of the planet Magrathea. I also enjoyed certain visual elements, such as the style of the Guide's animated entries, which I found to be pleasantly retro and reminiscent of the work of the artist Shag, a personal favorite of mine. Alan Rickman as Marvin the Paranoid Android stole the show though, far out-doing the prior BBC-TV incarnation by a longshot.

All in all, a very pleasant experience -- with luck, there will be more movies, such as "The Restaurant at the End of the Universe", to look forward to in the future!
Current Mood: contentcontent
Current Music: "So Long and Thanks for All the Fish" -- HHGttG soundtrack

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From:craig139
Date:May 6th, 2005 02:06 am (UTC)
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It is my understanding that the cast all have sequal riders in their contracts. But I am surprised that you did not mention the musical number the film starts off with!
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From:theentwife
Date:May 6th, 2005 03:43 am (UTC)
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I did.

Look at the "Current Music" for this entry.

:)


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