0 comments on ““Hitchhiker’s Guide” movie verdict: Hoopy

  1. I thought the movie was OK. I was kind of disappointed in about the same way I was disappointed when I saw “A Series of Unfortunate Events”… I thought it was going to be better than it was. That said, it wasn’t total crap either. It was just.. eh. It was OK.

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  2. Anything with a background like Hitchhiker’s is set up to disappoint by default. There are so many expectations to be confounded. Having said that, the movie wasn’t bad at all, and it’s illuminating (to me at least) that the most negative reviews are often associated with the most “possessive” fan-geeks. Sorry guys: it’s not yours and it never was; get over it.
    Details, details… yes, that’s Douglas Adams’ face at the very end. Also, Simon Jones (the original radio and TV Arthur Dent) has a cameo as the Magrathean “recorded message” hologram. Did you stick around to the end of the credits? There’s a little extra passage from The Book right at the end.
    More touches… the Vogons are as described in the book – “large, domed nose rising above a small, piggy forehead” – and dressing them as fusty, Victorian civil servants is too perfect. The jewelled crabs are mentioned in the book in a digression on the evolution of Vogsphere, and featuring them in a couple of scenes in the movie was delightful.
    The problem is, of course, that anyone like me who can recite Vogon poetry from memory[1] really has no idea how the film appears to someone who has had no exposure whatsoever to its predecessors.
    [1] (clears throat and switches on simile enhancers)
    Oh freddled gruntbuggly, thy micturations are to me
    As plurdled grabbleblotchits on a lurgid bee
    Groop, I implore thee, my foonting turlingdromes
    And hooptiously drangle me with crinkly bindlewurdles
    Or I will rend thee in the gobberwarts with my blurglecruncheon
    See if I don’t!

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