On H2G2

Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy opens on Friday. In the store we’re planning a group trip to see it.

Then, on an e-mail list, I received a link to this review.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy movie is bad. Really bad. You just won’t believe how vastly, staggeringly, jaw-droppingly bad it is. I mean, you might think that The Phantom Menace was a hopelessly misguided attempt to reinvent a much-loved franchise by people who, though well-intentioned, completely failed to understand what made the original popular – but that’s just peanuts to the Hitchhiker‘s movie.

Reading through the review one thing struck me–this person needs to get out more. The first paragraph of the review, quoted above, doesn’t exactly inspire confidence. But the rest of review boils down to, “This isn’t the book I grew up with. This isn’t the book I can quote chapter and verse.”

No shit, Sherlock.

I’ve not seen the film yet. I’ll concede it’s absolutely possible that the Hitchhikers film is every bit as bad as this reviewer makes it out to be. But review the film as a film, not as to whether or not the jokes on page 42 are repeated in the film verbatim.

2 thoughts on “On H2G2

  1. But review the film as a film, not as to whether or not the jokes on page 42 are repeated in the film verbatim.

    “No, that would make sense,” to quote Terri’s LJ.

  2. From what I understand the main beef with the movie ( and I haven’t read the review you posted) is that Adams’ word skills don’t translate well into this version of the book.

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