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May 2nd, 2005
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HHGG - One Fan's Review - *G*
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*.

*ggl*

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*

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From:onecheekyhobbit
Date:May 3rd, 2005 11:17 am (UTC)
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I know I KNOW!!! BILL NIGHY! I ADORE HIM!
I thought that part was so beautiful, and then he just topped it off. That may have been my favorite part... and the Martin love. I can't forget the Martin love.
My two finish friends and I laughed our asses off at the British queue thing. It seems we have a lot of the same thoughts on the film... but I uh... didn't mind the touching. *blush* I guess I just wanted to be Mos so I could touch Martin all the time. I kept looking at E and going, "Gilly is going to love this." E met Gilly and knows she has a ship for EVERYTHING!
I dunno... the more I think about it the more I want to see it again. And I ADORE the banjo theme... I was listening to the first episode on the radio and the theme came in and I was just rocking out. Love it.
But I have had a long standing relationship with the banjo.
K
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From:rosamundeb
Date:May 3rd, 2005 04:08 pm (UTC)
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"Gilly is going to love this." You mean the Mos-touching bit? *L*! I don't know why it put me off, but it did! Maybe it just didn't go with the rest of his actions? Felt... strange. *G*
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From:onecheekyhobbit
Date:May 4th, 2005 01:53 am (UTC)
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Yeah it did feel a bit forced.
K
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From:rosamundeb
Date:May 4th, 2005 03:48 am (UTC)
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Ah! But I thought of one more thing I did like! I liked that they all USED THEIR TOWELS! *L*! I mean, the Guide talks about it, but after the beginning, you stop seeing the towels. But good old Ford used his to ward off Vogon guards, etc. Yay! *G*
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From:psyknife
Date:May 4th, 2005 03:47 am (UTC)
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The movie made me want to watch Love Actually :)
I liked the character portrayals, but yeah, there were some bits that seemed forced, and others that really didn't have enough set up to really be all that funny in the film. It lacked some of the wit. I think they were close to the book in places where they didn't need to be, and they strayed from the book in areas that could've used a little more closeness... and watching those dolphins for so long at the beginning got a little trying. Ah well.
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From:rosamundeb
Date:May 4th, 2005 03:54 am (UTC)
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How strange... this didn't show up in my email! I only noticed your comment when I saw my reply to Kam above. Hmmm!

I know what you mean... I kept thinking of Love Actually, too - Bill Nighy AND Martin Freeman. *G*

Yes, I think you hit it on the head. I was thinking about it today and it comes down to: it wasn't very funny. Had a lot of the right stuff, but not in a funny way. And lord, but I got SO tired of the dolphins. And the song. And then, it had the audacity to come back on at the end! *hands over ears* *L*! As I said to Kam above, though - they did a good job with the towels! People held onto them the whole time and used them in the movie, especially Ford. *G*
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From:tootsiemuppet
Date:May 7th, 2005 03:51 pm (UTC)
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Emphatically not reading this, I've been entirely too spoiled already by reading my f'list (I think a lot of people simply don't KNOW it's not been released yet everywhere, I'm just dreading what it'll be like in a month when they assume everybody's seen it.)

I just have to stick out my tongue at this, though:
Heaven knows, I never thought I'd see the day when the words "tootsiemuppet" and "unspoiled" would be used in the same sentence.

:-p at you, auntie Ros, :-p at you.
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From:rosamundeb
Date:May 7th, 2005 04:34 pm (UTC)
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I know, I know... Glad you read the warning, dear "unspoiled" Gilly... *heeheehee*.

*wonders if that means you're "ripe"*
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From:anonypooh
Date:May 8th, 2005 09:34 am (UTC)
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see I posted .. so now I can come back and read :) Much the same - blah - I will probably watch it next when it turns up on TV.

I DID have a giggle at the "queue" and thought of you all - a word forever linked to the experience of GenCon in my memory :)

And couldn't agree more on the heressomeslash - I all but tutted out loud it was so forced.

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From:rosamundeb
Date:May 8th, 2005 05:30 pm (UTC)
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Ah, thank you for coming back and posting. *G* "queue"... *ggl*. As to the "forced" - I mean, I couldn't tell if they meant for it to look that way, to show how socially awkward Ford is (being an alien who doesn't understand human ways), or not... but a Ford clinging to Arthur? It should be the other way around, considering how shell-shocked Arthur is.

So, what did Mr. J, think?

And I didn't mind the romance as much as I thought I would. You need something to hold a movie together, to give it a beginning and an end, so they used that, and it didn't seem to hurt it. *S* What about you?
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From:anonypooh
Date:May 8th, 2005 09:55 pm (UTC)
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his comment before going was "really looking forward to seeing it" and afterwards "it was alright .. pretty faithful" .. oh and "stop singing the dolphin song!" of course.

I liked Trillion and the romance such as it was was fine. I think the Milliways part in the TV show is one of my favourites... so to hear it mentioned right at the end (I KNOW it is a different book) was all anti-climax stuff too..

oooh cool!!


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From:rosamundeb
Date:May 8th, 2005 10:25 pm (UTC)
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"oh and "stop singing the dolphin song!" of course." Good thing I wasn't there with you... you'd have been dropped off as soon as you started - *L*!

Huh - what's the cool? My computer blocked it...
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From:anonypooh
Date:May 9th, 2005 05:45 am (UTC)
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From:rosamundeb
Date:May 9th, 2005 01:24 pm (UTC)
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Whoa. Did you see this (when you click on the "New Series" link)?

The New Episodes
The final three books in the Hitchhiker 'trilogy' have been adapted for Radio 4. Read synopses of the latest episodes. The Quandary and Quintessential Phases run from 3 May to 21 June.

The New Cast
Most of the original radio cast have been reunited for the final series and they are joined by new stars including Stephen Fry, Griff Rhys Jones, Miriam Margolyes and Jane Horrocks.

(I'm guessing that the Quandary and the Quintessential are the fourth and fifth parts of the trilogy... *groan*)
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From:anonypooh
Date:May 9th, 2005 05:11 pm (UTC)
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oooh good catch I didn't read that! - and you can click on a link and listen to it too! so that means we haven't missed any!


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