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Old 12th May 2005, 04:28 PM   #1
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Am I alone in thinking that the film was rubbish? I am recovering, gentle reader, from watching the film in almost solitary splendour (cinema 90% empty). Why?

I was literally slack-jawed at the awfulness of the opening musical number - I thought the technology for making choral travesties like that had been buried decades ago. Zaphod was merely irritating instead of being irritating and funny. The appearance of Marvin (the paranoid android) was disappointing, although his voice was good. Arthur Dent was gormless rather than bemused (although I suppose we should be thankful they didn't cast Hugh Grant), and as for his inappropriate love interest, why does Hollywood always require a happy ending?

On a positive note, the Vogons looked quite good, and the film Trillian was a good deal less irritating than the radio or TV Trillian.

Douglas Adams must be spinning in his grave. The film would have been better buried in soft peat and recycled as Vogon firelighters...
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Old 13th May 2005, 04:02 AM   #2
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I get the idea that this will be a rental...when it comes out. Think I would have to shoot up about 80 mils of Oxycontin.... You know, the manufactured "time released" morphine peddled by Purdue Pharma. No I'm just kidding, I'm not that stupid. That sh__ will mess you up real bad.

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Sounds like a bad Star Trek trip to me... eh...

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I only saw the preview, and immediately thought, "Pass." Rule of thumb, any novel that I like will be destroyed when they do a film version. I'm having a hard time thinking of an exception...
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"Tess of the d'Urbervilles."

But I agree, it's the only film I've enjoyed when I've read the book first.
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Were the diodes down Marvin's left hand side aching?
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Were the diodes down Marvin's left hand side aching?
No. It was all dumbed down. The producer knew which audience he had aimed for, so he didn't even get Ford Prefect to hum the opening bars of Beethoven's Fifth because he knew the audience wouldn't know it.

I don't know, brain the size of a planet...
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Old 13th May 2005, 02:08 PM   #7
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It was all dumbed down.
EXACTLY. Read the books, listened to the radio show and have the tapes - movie is in a different league - at the bottom of some norwegian fjord.

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Marvin isn't paranoid, that's just a symptom. No, he is manic depressive ...
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EC8010: Yes I agree much of what you said

Wasn't the Heart of Gold supposed to have black panels with black controls that lit up? Black on Black? Or was that another of DA's spaceships? I made the control panel of one of my amps to look like this and was very disappointed with how they (mis)interpreted this in the film.
I thought Arthur Dent and Ford Prefect were well cast, but Trillion was made to be more of a Holywood Heroine than the bimbo I took her for in the book. Zaphod Beeblebrox was a casting and special effects disaster in my opinion.

But I thought the Vogons were brilliant and in this area the film producers made much more of the characters than DA did; for the better I think. Developing the slavish beaurocracy of the Vogons was an improvement on the book/radio. Were it not for the Vogons I would have no hestitation in writing off this film as a waste of time. But for the Vogons alone, it's worth going to see.

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But for the Vogons alone, it's worth going to see.
you're too kind - but I have to agree. I liked the approach to take the british legal system as a model for vogon buerocracy.
Almost like lenin taking the german post office orginizational model as blueprint for the soviet union.
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