Hitchhikers Guide

Here is a link to a review by DNA’s biographer MJ Simpson of the new Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy Movie. He seems to find it “amazingly, mind bogglingly awful” and I am sure I will not like it one bit. An example he gives:

“I eventually had to go down to the cellar to find them.”
“That’s the Display Department.”
“With a torch.”
“The lights had probably gone.”
“So had the stairs.”
“But you found the plans, didn’t you?”
“Oh yes, they were ‘on display’ in the bottom of a locked filing cabinet stuck in a disused lavatory with a sign on the door saying ‘Beware of the leopard.’”

Or, as the movie version has it:

“I eventually had to go down to the cellar to find them.”
“But you found the plans, didn’t you?”

They seem to have taken out all the funny bits and only left the story. The screenwriter admits in an interview that he had never read the book or any Douglas Adams before he was told of this assignment. He seems to think it is a good thing. I think it is a bad thing for the simple reason that he has not had time to read the books a hundred times to realize which parts make a lasting impression. I hope he is nibbled to death by an okapi. There is no mention of the Pan-Galactic Gargle Blaster, the guide entry about Earth being “Mostly Harmless”, (HOW CAN YOU LEAVE THAT OUT?!!!), Milliways and Disaster Area. I already despise the trailer, however despite this rant I am sure I will watch the movie next month. Why? To hear Stephen Fry ofcourse. Which reminds me I still have to watch the new “Doctor Who” and “A Bit of Fry and Laurie”. Thank god for the BBC.

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