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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

Last night, I saw The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. The biggest surprise to me, since I'd missed the theatre posters (D. and I walked right past three huge ones on the way in, but discovered it on the way out and marveled about how we've become blind to big blue things with people on it) and the full length trailer (I saw only that annoying teaser) was that Ford was black. In fact, I believe my first words after the film ended was, "Hey, Ford's not black in the book, is he?"

Still, whatever. It's not like being black is a character trait in this film, and there's Stephen Fry narrating and a funny song about dolphins leaving the planet, which is cool.

My opinion on the five Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy books, of which I've read only the first two, is that they're nothing special. Some funny jokes and ordinary prose and low page count means that you can read it in an afternoon. You pass the time in a fairly reasonable way if the books catch your fancy, and you pass the time in a fairly reasonable way if they don't. They're that kind of innocuous entertainment, fit for everyone to digest, with the mileage measured by your appreciation of the comedy within.

That's how the movie is. I enjoyed Stephen Fry. The dolphin song was funny. In short, I passed the time, had a few laughs, and thought about lounge acts.

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lokust
Apr. 30th, 2005 11:54 am (UTC)
i think the books are the sort of thing one reads when they're twelve...
and then spend the rest of their life SWEARING that they were absolutely BRILLIANT...
while taking strong measures to never actually read then again, in with the mindset of an adult, so as not to sully one's memories of them.
benpeek
May. 1st, 2005 04:07 am (UTC)
you may have a point there. i only read them a couple of years ago--i bought a box set of all five for twenty bucks shortly after adams' death. i honestly have no idea how people could think that they're brilliant, but then that's kind of the nature of brilliance, i suppose.
ashamel
Apr. 30th, 2005 01:13 pm (UTC)
I knew a character was black, but only discovered two days ago it was Ford, and not Zaphod.

But anyway. Off tomorrow I go to see for myself.
benpeek
May. 1st, 2005 04:07 am (UTC)
how'd you go?
ashamel
May. 1st, 2005 10:01 am (UTC)
I quite liked it, really, in its undemanding and classic-stomping way. I'll probably post something about it when my head clears (that was lunch).
future_conduit
Apr. 30th, 2005 01:18 pm (UTC)
i think ford was black in the illustrated version of the book. i'm going to see it on tuesday. i don't have monsterously huge expectations for it, but being a fan i think i'll enjoy it immensly. from what i hear it's very much just a cinematic version of the book, which was a written documentation of the radio plays before it. at least douglas adams wote the bulk of the screen play & it wasn't perverted by some american git (who apparently turned the job down because he didn't like the answer to the ultimate question).
benpeek
May. 1st, 2005 04:10 am (UTC)
it is a fairly honest adaption of the first book, with some stuff from the other books, from what i can understand. but it's pretty faithful, i thought.

though being a fan of the book might work against you. sometimes it's like that, even when you don't expect much.
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