DON’T PANIC

HGTG“In the beginning the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move.”

-The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

Unfortunately, the same can be said of the 2005 adaptation of Douglas Adams’ classic comedy sci-fi novel. I cannot tell you how bummed I am about this. After recently reading Douglas Adams’ collection of novels featuring the unwilling adventurer Arthur Dent, I of course wanted to watch the movie right away. Here’s how I felt about it:

 

The Pros:

1. They absolutely nail Marvin, the chronically depressed robot.  He is exactly as I imagined while reading the book.  Alan Rickman is just the best.

2. Martin Freeman.  I love him for a thousand different reasons, and while his portrayal wasn’t exactly the Arthur Dent of Adams’ books, I’ve never seen Freeman in a role I didn’t like.

3. Bill Nighy, Sam Rockwell, Helen Mirren, John Malkovich, Stephen Fry, Mos Def, and Zooey Deschanel.

 

The Cons:

1. They went too cartoon-y with it. The book has totally wild imagery and ideas (beings that consist entirely of hyper-intelligent gas, a chronically depressed robot named Marvin, a two-headed galactic president, etc.), but the nonchalance with which they are treated in the book makes them seem, if not normal, at least not totally unbelievable.  Something about the colors, shapes, and general esthetic choices of the movie made it feel very Teletubbies when it should have felt more Monty Python.

2. All the aliens are humans.  I get that this was probably a logistical choice as much as an esthetic one.  I’m sure it would have been pretty expensive to CGI like fifty different types of aliens, planets, and spaceships, not to mention the fact that audiences tend to have a difficult time relating to a predominantly non-human cast (see: Green Lantern).

3. The neatly-wrapped-up ending with a pretty little bow on top has absolutely NO BUSINESS IN A DOUGLAS ADAMS PRODUCTION. If you read the books I’m confident you’ll feel the same.

Then again, Adams did write the screenplay, so what do I know?

“There is a theory which states that if ever anyone discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable.

There is another theory which states that this has already happened.”

-The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

See ya next time,

Kat

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