Saturday, May 07, 2005

Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy...

I just had the misfortune of sitting through almost 2 hours of one of the worst movies I have ever seen. This movie was crap on so many levels, I have no clue where to begin to dissect it.

Okay, let's start with the music...from the BBC radio show, to the mini-series, the music has been consistent...when you hear it, you KNOW it is the Hitchhiker's Guide. Except for a brief cameo here, the music that many identify with HGTTG is sadly missing.

The character of Zaphod, cool and stupid in the radio show and the mini-series, is presented here with a WESTERN accent(!?!) as cruel and prone to violence. The actor portraying him (I won't give him ink, virtual as it is, by naming him) is terrible.

Ford Prefect is played with a lack of deftness my Mo Def (sic?). He is out of his element, and his characterization of Ford is pathetic.

The direction is haphazard and the entire film needs constant rimshots to tell us when something was supposed to be funny.

Ony Alan Rickman's voice portrayal of Marvin, and Zooey Deschanel's performance as Trillian (inexplicably, another American accent...I mean, a British book rife with British humour, and three of the four main characters sound American...go figure) are worthy of any mention. (Okay. maybe Bill Nighy's Slartibartfast too).

Major plot changes from the book turn this to HGTTG in name only.