Monday, May 02, 2005

The MOVIE Assessment

So...
I saw it. And, like Wheelson, I'm trying not to compare it to the books. It was a pretty good movie on its own - I'd give it a 3.5 out of 5 on its own merit.

My favorite part was when they were painting the Grand Canyon. And I really liked the sighing doors and Eddie the Ship Computer. Also - Slartibartfast kicked ass.

1. It has been dumbed down somewhat for the mass market.
2. All of the characters other than Trillian are excellent. I'm not sure if it was Zoey or the writing, but Trillian is very one-dimensional.
3. Those who haven't read the books won't understand some of the things the characters do (i.e. the whole towel thing, why they keep putting on their sunglasses, why they smash the pretty crabs, etc.)
4. Those who haven't read the books won't get annoyed that they cut out all the best come back lines (i.e. "Yeah," said Zaphod with a sudden evil grin, "you'd just have to program it to say What? and I don't understand and Where's the tea? - who'd know the difference?")
5. It looks like they've totally left it open to do the next, er, book/movie.
6. The opening sequence was killer. I'm still singing the damn song!

8 Comments:

At 3:33 PM, Blogger sxKitten said...

I think I'm going to have to reread the book now, before I see the movie, because I can't remember anything about crabs, pretty or otherwise.

Which probably means going out and buying another copy - I'm guessing there'll be a waiting list at the local library, and I recycled mine years ago.

 
At 7:15 PM, Blogger Wheelson said...

While I thought the LOOK of Trillian's character was right (much better than the TV show), it seemed many of her lines were rather forced.

I was wondering how they were gonna do the Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster and it too I thought was done well.

Zaphod becoming a total dork after loosing his head was a bit annoying to me. Zaphod's just about my favorite character and having him turn into a half-wit just didn't sit well with me.

Overall though of course I liked it...glad you did too!

 
At 8:28 AM, Blogger Trillian said...

Hey sxKitten. The crabs were just mentioned in passing, actually, and got a bigger role in the movie than they had in the book. Here's what was said in the book:

"Meanwhile, the natural forces on the planet Vogsphere had been working overtime to make up for their earlier blunder. They brought forth scintillating jeweled scuttling crabs, which the Vogons ate, smashing their shells with iron mallets."

 
At 11:09 AM, Blogger sxKitten said...

Ah, now I remember. Thanks!

I may well read it again anyhow, because Douglas always deserves another reading, right?

 
At 2:05 PM, Blogger Carmi said...

No movie can ever live up to the promise of the book. The cinematic vessel is infinitely smaller than the literary, theatre-of-the-mind one. Still, directors have to try, and we have to keep watching to see how well they do.

I'm in the middle of re-reading it, and will go see the movie when I'm done. Thanks for giving this the attention it deserves. We would have otherwise been debating the merits of Vin Diesel vs. Ice Cube. Gaa!

 
At 7:50 PM, Blogger sxKitten said...

Vin Diesel and Ice Cube have merits?

 
At 3:38 PM, Blogger Peach said...

I haven't yet had the pleasure of reading the book.

I agree with Trillion, the movie itself is done pretty well, very imaginative.

There were parts where I was a little lost. The towel thing, for example. I assumed it had greater meaning in the book, but I kept waiting for the movie to let us know WHY we always need to know where our towel is.

Ok, so John Malkovich wanted a gun from the computer that Sam Rockwell wanted to find? And when they got to the computer, they found out that the computer built ANOTHER computer to form the right question? And then it turns out that MICE were behind the whole creation of Earth thing so that they could discover the question and become famous? But the mice were really little girls? And why did Sam Rockwell have two heads?

Anyhoodle, the movie did a really good job of getting me excited to read the book.

 
At 7:46 PM, Blogger panthergirl said...

We loved the movie (my son and I) so we are now listening to the audiobook and loving that, too. It may have been better to see it first and read it second, although my daughter is a MAJOR HHGG fan and still liked the film.

The opening sequence was incredible... as was the animation for the book on-screen. I loved, also, Zaphod's second head!

 

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