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Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy

I'm glad I went to see this, although Douglas Adams has been an interesting quantity over the years. If you've read his stuff beyond Hitchhikers like the rest of the Trilogy, Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective agency or even the Meaning of Liff, you'll be used to his gentle but "clever" humour. And his views on the media, like the old h2g2 project (went the way of the BBC).

The film had some nice touches, like the odd cameos from the actors in the original television series by the BBC, and the appearance of Marvin in a queue of aliens towards the end of the film. There wasn't any "big" peaks in the development of the film. I'll need to check back to the book to remind myself whether this is how the original developed, or whether it was a by-product of the producers background in shorter video production.

I guess the other thing that colours my memory is that I only came to the series late on, and by that time the main elements of the Trilogy (The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Universe, The Restaurant at the end of the Universe, Life Universe and Everything, So Long and Thanks for all the fish) were all together. Most of the books chain together, and the small memories I hold from the books are spread through them.

But there wasn't really much appeal to anyone not familiar with the books, or Adam's other work. I am really loathed to admit that my taste has been corrupted by the Hollywood Blockbuster, but perhaps it has. Here I am looking forward to Star Wars Episode III, with the special effects and big budget it had. Sci-fi, but with a lot more mainstream appeal than Hitchikers. Unfortunately, I don't see myself wanting to see Hitchikers Guide again for a while, but memories of it bring a smile to my face, albeit that this also applied to the book.

I'm quite gutted :(

posted on Sunday, May 1, 2005 12:10 AM Print
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