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... in just four days.

A sudden silence hit the Earth. If anything it was worse than the noise. For a while nothing happened.

The great ships hung motionless in the sky, over every nation on Earth. Motionless they hung, huge, heavy, steady in the sky, a blasphemy against nature. Many people went straight into shock as their minds tried to encompass what they were looking at. The ships hung in the sky in much the same way that bricks don't.

   Douglas Adams
   The Hitchhiker's Guide to The Galaxy

As Chris has reported, the preliminary reviews aren't necessarily encouraging -- but then again I wouldn't expect serious Douglas Adams enthusiasts to necessarily like the movie. It's going to be hard to live up to the books. I think it's going to be considerably harder than it was, for example, for either the Harry Potter films or the LOTR films to live up to the expectations of their own true devotees. That's partly (I think) because most Hitchhiker's Guide fans became fans in their 20s or later, as opposed to becoming fans in their childhood, but it's mostly because so much of what is great about the Hitchhiker's books was not in the setting, action or dialog. It was in the narration and in particular in the wordplay and the dry style of writing -- as exemplified so well by the quote above. So I will be trying not to measure the film against the books. It will be difficult, but I'm hoping that I can measure it simply as a film. I'm hoping for it to be campy, inscrutably and irreverantly philosophical, and fun in its own way. If it disappoints in that regard, well, so be it. I'm still going, with my digital watch and towel.

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1. Ben Langhinrichs04/25/2005 11:33:16 PM

FWIW, I prefer movies that can't begin to capture the spirit of the book, because it makes it easier to separate them in my mind from the book. I think it will be fairly fun to see the movie, but I would be surprised if it falls into the same slot in my brain that the book does, due to the factors you mention. Therefore, I can take it on its own merits pretty easily.

2. Chris Linfoot04/28/2005 10:23:52 AM

Believe it or not, I am with you on this one. It's just that (unusually for me, being an optimist) my glass is half empty metaphorically speaking.

A quick scan of the reviews over at IMDB shows a clear split between those that love the movie and those that hate it. No-one is on the fence.

BTW - this is what the tulips are for:

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