My 15-year-old daughter weighs in on the Hitchhiker’s Guide:
Rocked. Oh what crazy rocking it did. It was, of course, better than the BBC version that we all had to deal with in order to appease our appetite for a real live Guide…but this is faaar better. Oh it is wonderful.
There are some things that I found very clever…like the ‘cow’ scene in the Guide (you’ll know what I’m talking about when you see it, of course). The movie was very funny and I loved it.
I also found it amazing as to how they managed to slip in part of the storyline that did NOT happen in the book…and still make it very funny and very appealing. After all, it was only BASED on the books, not born directly from them. As for the jokes, there was only one time that I could count where they didn’t finish a joke…where Ford says, “Time is an illusion. Lunchtime doubly so.” and then Arthur comments on how Ford is deep, etc. Well, they never said the part about how Ford is deep, but that was really it. I was quite proud of the way they did things. There were some really clever bits–like something taken from the line, “The yellow Vogon ships hung in the air in very much the same way that bricks don’t.” What they did based on that line was shape the Vogon ships like bricks…something only those elite (that’s us!) who have read the book would understand.
At any rate, the movie was dandy. And you should most definitely go see it. Tomorrow. For it is grand.