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Having gone to The Hobbit 3 last week, at F's request we watched the 2005 movie of The Hitch-Hiker's Guide To The Galaxy last night. It held up much better than I remembered; Martin Freeman is given rather more of an emotional arc for Arthur Dent than he gets for either John Watson or Bilbo Baggins, climaxing with the deployment of the Point-Of-View Gun. Zooey Deschanel is super as well, and Bill Nighy is the definitive Slartibartfast. I also felt certain that the animations for the Book were a deliberate homage to the 1981 TV series (though perhaps there are only so many ways to show an electronic book on the screen). Most of the changes to the radio/tv/novel story for the film were apparently by Adams himself. The film has a disputed place in canon, but I found it very enjoyable second time round.


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Jan. 5th, 2015 06:27 pm (UTC)
I've always been obscurely disappointed by how they did Zaphod. But I do love the theme tune.
Jan. 5th, 2015 08:01 pm (UTC)

It's not perfect, by any means, but I like the crabs and beasts on Vogsphere, the woollen people, and other little bits that are slipped in. Some of the criticisms seemed predicated on the idea that the original script is holy writ and cannot be changed. But the movie isn't trying to provide visuals for the radio series - it's making H2G2 into a British romantic comedy, a job it does quite well.

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