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The Indefinite Article.

Saturday, April 30, 2005

I agree with Sara See

I saw Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy yesterday at the Alamo Drafthouse Theater on South Lamar. Before the movie started the theater presented a bunch of clips from the BBC production. I was grateful to see the clips because they really helped set my expectations for the movie that followed. In the BBC television production it is evident that the screenwriters attempted to be very faithful to the book and radio productions- hoping that the cleverness and wit of Adams' language would carry the comedy. But this approach proved disastrous and after watching a few of clips I felt sad and depressed like Marvin but not in a funny way

The movie on the hand takes a much looser approach and manages to succeed as a comedy. This success stems mainly from the quirky performances of dear Zaphod, Ford, Arthur and Trillian--their performances are funny not because of what they say, but rather how they say it. So I recommend this movie. It is fun to see Adams' universe beautifuly realized in a slick cgi production and it is fun to hear Zaphod twang arrogantly stupid like a galactic Gee Dubya. Oh, yeah you should check out the Zaphod Beeblebrox Campaign Video: go to the iTunes music store homepage and look for this:


  • And you have to hand it to the people behind the Jim Henson team. I don't know what was real and what wasn't, honestly. The fact that Marvin wasn't just another cgi creation makes me insanely happy. God bless Alan Rickman, too, for his wonderful voice. Oh, and Stephen Fry was perfect as the voice of the guide. Well, that guy is perfect in anything he does.

    Also, big ups to Sam Rockwell. Damn! That guy kills me.

    What are cows?

    By Blogger The Bat, at 11:54 PM  

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