Okay, most of this will need to go behind a cut, in case our dear tootsiemuppet wishes to remain unspoiled for the movie, which she can't see until (eek!) July. Heaven knows, I never thought I'd see the day when the words "tootsiemuppet" and "unspoiled" would be used in the same sentence. *shakes head and sighs*.
So, I'll break it up, in case she still wants to read certain parts. And I really want to hear what other people thought; haven't heard much yet!
Part the first: Insider references to the TV show were made - whooooot! These included:
- Use of the twangy banjo-theme at one point (which, thanks to the local radio station, which had it as a question, I now know was an instrumental by the Eagles (?!?!?) which appeared on their album "On the Border". How's THAT for trivial knowledge? *G*
- An appearance by the original Marvin the Paranoid Android, as one of the many standing in line (pardon me, in the "queue") in a Vogon building. Now, can somebody explained why the white furry creature with the strange long head or ears or whatever looked so familiar? I can't figure it out...
- An appearance by the original Arthur Dent, as the program that protects Magrathea - yay, Simon Jones!
Part the second: What did I think of the characters?
- Loved Zaphod, but would have loved him more without the Texan accent (which made it seem like he was doing a Bush impersonation, especially since he's President of the Galaxy), and, yes, without the second head. LOVE his uniform, the bit with him eating breakfast cereal all the time, etc.
- Arthur - not bad! *S* Let's face it, Martin's so cuddly - *G*
- Trillian - MUCH better than the original - THANK you!
- Marvin - Nah. Didn't do much for me. Voice is great, but the design just doesn't work.
- Ford - bit of a non-entity, there. Just... never came to life. Came across more as a plot device than a person.
Part the third: What did I not like?
Hey, I love slash - you know I do! But it's one thing to see slash, and it's another thing to have it thrust upon you! *L*! I mean, seriously, what is up with Ford not being able to keep his hands off of Arthur or Zaphod? He meets Arthur and they land on top of each other; he keeps hugging him (I know, that's supposed to show how he doesn't know Earth customs and does what he's seen on TV, but please!) over and over, putting his hand on his leg, putting his hand on his shoulder... good lord, man - SHAG HIM already! *L*!
The bit with Hummawhatever his name is. Fell flat. Several parts of the movie fell flat, for no apparent reason. Not enough set up, too much set up... strange.
Part the fourth: What did I like?
BILL NIGHY!!! My god, it was like a breath of fresh air when he finally came on the scene. Absolutely note-perfect performance of Slartibartfast - whooooooot!!!!! I think I'm in love. *sigh* The whole bit with building the planet really worked here, and it was a good plot idea: make the movie about the earth being destroyed, Arthur finding love, the earth being replace, and Arthur realizing he doesn't have to hold onto the earth so desperately any more. Nice idea.
The mice - good job of showing them throughout. The Vogons - good idea to pick one "villain" and stick with it, to add to clarity. The way the traveling with the Improbability drive was shown, with strange objects in space. And I love love love love love the POV gun. Was that even in the book? Because - did I mention I love it? "I don't need it; I'm already a woman." *L*!!! Also love the line Arthur says - something to the effect of "I'm British; I know how to queue."
Part the fifth: Thumbs up or Thumbs down?
Ummmm... not thumbs up, but not thumbs down. I agree with the reviews - uneven. I blame the director; the pacing just didn't work. Needed tightening up in some places, more looseness in others. I honestly can't recommend it to anybody unless they're a fan of the book and want to see how it turned out - sorry! But bits and pieces were quite good. *G*