I’ve just been to the Vue cinema in Staines to watch the movie extravaganza remake of the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.
I’m a big fan of the book, the old BBC Radio 4 series, and the original BBC TV series and I came out of the cinema hugely dissappointed. I thought that although the movie was big budget (in a British way) it was lazy and missed a lot of Douglas Adams’ dry, observational humor by a mile. Too much slapstick and not enough irony. Even Stephen Fry, as the voice of the Guide, seemed to avoid delivering anything remotely witty, instead delivering his lines like too much dry fact.
I went along with Shannon, who has never been exposed to this material before, and not suprisingly she came out totally unamused and bemused. The director really expected too much knowledge from the audience. This may be well loved material but it’s not the Lord of the Rings, is it? For example the movie kept on making reference to the towels that Ford insists everyone carry with them at all times, but never goes on to show the part where the Guide explains why towels are so indespensible. Strange decision.
I think I need to get the DVDs of the BBC TV series to remind myself of what I enjoyed about this material so much.