Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

em 28 April 2005 10

I was one of the lucky people who scored free tickets to last night’s preview from ABC 666 AM. And it’s a fun movie!

I’m sure Zooey Deschanel (who played Trish/Trillian) will have a new legion of nerdy fans now, and John Malkovich was predictably spectacular. In fact, all the actors chosen seemed to be a good fit for the characters in my opinion.

The sets and special effects were great – not over the top, but quite detailed. Imagine Monty Python effects evolved to 2005. (That goes for the silly theme song too.)

Best characters: Marvin (I predict toy sales soon!), the Vogons (remarkably like the population of a certain public-service-focused city), and Slarty Bartfast (just because the acting was so damn good).

This movie won’t change my life, but it was a lot of fun. Suitable for all ages as there’s no gory violence, nudity or swearing. Although most primary school kids would probably enjoy something more targeted at their interests.

Now, where can I get myself a Point-of-View gun?

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10 Responses to Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
Samuel Gordon-Stewart Samuel Gordon-Stewart 9:37 pm 15 May 05

It was good, now I await the DVD.


Thumper Thumper 9:05 am 02 May 05

Went and saw it laughed my head off, especially near the end when Ford scares away the vogons by running at them waving a towel!

Special G Special G 6:22 pm 30 Apr 05

Went and saw it last night in a packed cinema. Laughed hard and enjoyed the whole thing.
The wool guy throwing up was sensational – almost as good as the Team America vomit scene.

Maybe I have a warped sense of humour


vg vg 3:05 pm 28 Apr 05

Rather predictably Megan Spencer on JJJ said she was disappointed. Probably because the only ones she rates are obscure, low budget, and have a lesbian scene.

Have heard quite a few Pythonesque descriptions. All sounds good to me, and Sam Rockwell does some good stuff, as well as Teddy KGB

em em 2:23 pm 28 Apr 05

spiny, I heard the radio series on tape before I read the books. I prefer to think of it as books before movie because 1) more people have read the books than listened to the radio series 2) I can re-read the books if I want to, but I can’t listen to the radio tapes again 3) I enjoyed the books the most.

spiny spiny 1:41 pm 28 Apr 05

Dear oh Dear as marvin wud say. Yu poor lot it was a radio show well before the book. Then a sad very sad TV programme.
Yes i enjoyed it, far more than i did ppl running all over public housing roofs.

em em 1:03 pm 28 Apr 05

There was a bit of wordplay, but not as much as the books. Not a problem in my opinion – movies don’t have as much time to tell the same stories as books, and the visual gags in the movie made up for the lack of puns. Wordplay is a form of humour better suited to books than movies anyway.

Thumper Thumper 12:58 pm 28 Apr 05

I’m hopefully going to see it on Friday although i am a bit hesitant that it won’t follow the books or the BBC TV series (which I thought was hilarious).

I still can’t quite get away from viewing Ford Prefect as the little bloke from the TV series.

Oh well, I’ll reserve judgement.

Don’t forget your towel…

LurkerGal LurkerGal 12:48 pm 28 Apr 05

Good to hear. I’ll go and see it then. I was very worried it would be yet another great book / series of books that would be ruined on the big screen.

Ari Ari 12:47 pm 28 Apr 05

Did they manage to retain much of the wordplay that made the book and radio series so special?

From one report I’ve heard it was severely slashed.

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