Saturday, April 30, 2005

HHGTTG: The Hollywood Abortion

"For Douglas"

That is how the 2005 remake of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy ended. I sincerely doubt that Douglas Adams intended that snooze fest, totally devoid of the wit and humor of the books to be produced. It's much the same as the Lord of the Rings trilogy movies recently made. Good movies true, but the songs that helped shape the mood of the books was removed. Replaced with shtick.

This movie rushed through the storyline, glanced over the brilliance that made the books memorable, and then took off on what appeared to me to be a pointless tangent. I understand that this was a difficult undertaking. This movie was destined to fail, not just to a cynical prick like me, but also to everyone. It's a catch-22. If you've read the books or even seen the 1981 BBC Mini-series then you'd hate this movie for being what it should have been. And if you never read the books, then this movie would just be a jumble of gibberish.

All I can say is “uughick”.


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