Hitchhikers Guide

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Chat' started by ju33les, Apr 30, 2005.

  1. ju33les

    ju33les Member

    The film version of "Hitchhikers Guide to the Universe" is out .

    From some reviews I've read on the 'net it doesn't live up to the original...which I loved!!

    Anyone else remember it??

    It came out when I was a teenager so will be with me forever!:biggrin:
  2. brassneck

    brassneck Active Member

  3. Cornishwomble

    Cornishwomble Active Member

    Saw the film last night and it was great!!!

    Not too far off from the original but some differences which didn't ruin it for me.

    Great actors in it and some really funny lines. Alan Rickman as Marvin was class. Stephen Fry was also excellent as the voice of the book.

    Of course not everything could have been packed into the film cos the TV series was 3 hours in total but a brilliant film anyway.

    The original TV series is being re-run again on Tuesday night on BBC2!!!
  4. mikelyons

    mikelyons Supporting Member

    I don't want to be a BOC (actually I do), Juzzles, but your avatar should be in "nice, friendly, red letters" not those nast scary white ones of the last book!
  5. ju33les

    ju33les Member

    Sigh........how's about ultra friendly pink?:biggrin:
  6. mikelyons

    mikelyons Supporting Member

    Why the sigh?

    Maybe in a parallel universe, pink might be the new red. If we were to collapse all the probability lattices we might just be able to squeeze you through an interstitial vortex where it would be appropriate, but the chances of getting you back might be proportionally poor! :)

    Still, with the improbable invention of an improbability drive and the prospect of the pikka birds not mating this year....
  7. Brian Kelly

    Brian Kelly Active Member

    I am so ancient and decrepid that I remember the original radio series. Very funny, much better than the TV series (IMHO, mainly because the special effects could not live up to what you can imagine when hearing it on the radio) , and fabulous sound effects.

    I even have it on CD its so good / I'm so sad, whichever is most appropriate.
  8. ju33les

    ju33les Member

    Oooooohh Brian.........you at rehearsal on Thursday?? I have a Cd player at home that your CD might fit into!!:biggrin:
  9. Brian Kelly

    Brian Kelly Active Member

    No problem Jules, I'll bring them on Thursday (its a triple-CD)
  10. mikelyons

    mikelyons Supporting Member

    Can I join your band? I have a CD copier..... (actually, I've got 4 in my house)
  11. PeterBale

    PeterBale Moderator Staff Member

    . . . "but I wouldn't of course use it to breach copyright guidelines" ;)
  12. mikelyons

    mikelyons Supporting Member

    Did someone let your cot sides down. You shouldn't be wandering around the corridors of the tMP home on your own. :p

    OK. PB. I hate having a conscience. :(:hammer
  13. sevenhelz

    sevenhelz Active Member

    i saw the film on saturday, part of a very busy weekend socialising ;) i think they've enjoyed making it and put in quite a few in-jokes for the fans of the books, radio and tv series (can't speak for an older film since i never saw it?) but i was always expecting to be disappointed - you simply cant get the entire five part trilogy into even a two hour film! so yes, they changed the storyline and no, i didnt like that they did. i didnt even think arthur dent was as good as the tv version, though the interpretation of zaphod is hilarious - anyone else think he looks like the singer from nickleback?
    anyway it's a good film, but don't expect it to be the more of the same. some fantatic effects for The Earth Mark2 :)
  14. BigHorn

    BigHorn Active Member

    Just been to see this film - what a pile of pooh.
    The special effects are ok but the characters are just awful with some of the most wooden acting I've ever seen. The graphics of the book are also cheap and tacky.
    Zaphod and Ford Prefect just do not cut it.
    Save your money - I am just so, so disappointed in this film. The original radio and tv series were just so much better.
    I'd give it 3 out of 10 and one of those points is only due to the cameo appearence of the original Marvin.
  15. Neil Glynn

    Neil Glynn Member

    I'd have to disagree, I went to see it yesterday and it was well worth waiting for. I can't get the dolphins' song out of my head now!!!!
  16. rutty

    rutty Active Member

    Much of the new material was written by Adams himself - he was always for changing the storyline to fit into the film format, so I don't think any discrepancies against the original books are going to spoil it for me. I may go and see it this weekend :)
  17. Brian Kelly

    Brian Kelly Active Member

    I went to see the film last night. I wouldn't say that it was brilliant, but it is worth seeing, although fans will get more out of it than someone coming to it with no prior knowledge.

    I thought that Martin Freeman was good as Arthur Dent, and Sam Rockwell as Zaphod, although the actor playing Ford Prefect (an American rap star) was poor. I would have preferred Stephen Moore to have voiced Marvin (my favourite character) as he did in the radio and TV series, but Alan Rickman, as always, was very good. Bill Nighy (Slartibartfast) is always watchable. Stephen Fry could not replace the late Peter Jones as the voice of the book, but he did a good job. John Malkovitch was memorably creepy, although I didn't see the point of his scene (an addition to the radio series / book / TV series). I was OK with the other ommissions / changes that were made, in order to reduce a 6-part radio series to a film of less than 2 hours.

    I don't want to give anything away for anyone who has yet to see the film, but I particularly enjoyed the way in which Marvin saves the day at the end of the film!

    It was good to see cameo appearances by Stephen Jones (the original Arthur Dent) and the TV version of Marvin.

    An unexpected pleasure was the impressive heavy-duty bass trombone playing on the soundtrack. You can never have too much impressive heavy-duty bass trombone playing...
  18. sevenhelz

    sevenhelz Active Member

    :) slartibartfast was fantastic, i never could place how i would like him to be played but bill nighy really got it right :):)
  19. DublinBass

    DublinBass Supporting Member

    Catchy tune..wasn't it :D

    I enjoyed the movie very much. I think I may have seen it under the ideal circumstances though. I read the book about 15 years ago so I knew alot of the inside jokes, but can't remember it well enough to get upset if details were changed. I also saw the original TV serial, which was (IMHO) absolute crap special effects.

    Seems like they might be setting it up for the sequel...the Restaurant at the end of the universe?
  20. Nuke

    Nuke Active Member

    Well having only ever seen the TV series very briefly (i watched it cause i liked the theme music) and having no prior knowledge of the story really i was very impressed.
    I definately think they have set up a sequel (yes i know theres more books), but then again dont they always. If they think a films going to be even a tiny amount succesful they always slap a huge nudge and wink in at the end so that they can make more money out of it.

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