23 October 2006

42? But what's the original question???

Hitch Hikers Guide To The Galaxy : The Movie

Beamed on Astro ch 42 last night.

As some Kommies will remember, I am a hard core HHGTTG fan, and have suffered the terrible TV series made in UK in the '80s where they tried to follow the book word for word and ended up falling flat on their faces. The worse thing was Zaphod Beeblebrox' second head. Terrible!

The movie now is 1 hour 50 minutes long and it is no mean feat to squeeze the key scenes from all four HHGTTG books into a movie under two hours long.

This is the first time I have seen a robot designed so good that it projects the robot's personality so strongly : Marvin the paranoid android. Just one look at his face is enough to send me into a depressed mood.

The movie captured the essense and spirit of the book and anyone who has never read a HHGTTG book (but has a wacky sense of humour) will be able to follow the storyline and enjoy the movie.

They then should go and get all 5 books in the trilogy (yes, all 5, that's not a typo) and read them after watching the movie.

Douglas Adams, the author of HHGTTG, did not live to see the completion ofHHGTTG, but he will be extremely pleased that the director still managed to present Adams' vision and ideas correctly.

May his soul forever rest in peace.


Davoh said...

Hello again Wom. I loved the book HHGTTG but have never seen the other media. Used to identify strongly with Marvin, but am now well past 42 and find that brain rarely calculates anything correctly, and can only make a cuppa with a teabag .. still have twinges of paranoia though ..heh.

Wombat said...

Davo: Maybe we should have more of that Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster?