Thursday, May 20, 2010
Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Movie/Book Review)
A few weeks ago I reread Douglas Adam's Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. I also watched (for the first time) the BBC production, Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.
What I discovered is that I much prefer the book to either of the productions I've seen. I *did* enjoy the 2005 movie. It had been several years since I first read the book. So I'm not sure how faithful it is to the book--to the spirit of the book at least. But. In some ways it worked for me. As entertainment.
My thoughts on the BBC production. The first few episodes are extremely faithful to the original book. But it doesn't end the same as the book. (Perhaps these later episodes are faithful to the sequels?! I'm not sure. I haven't read any of the sequels. So I'm not sure how they fit into things.) There are plenty of sections almost taken word for word from the book.
But while I found the book plenty entertaining, I must admit I struggled with the movie. I found it painful to watch the ridiculous humor 'come to life' in such a clumsy outdated way. I didn't feel the book was dated--but the way it was presented on the screen--well, it felt very dated. And it wasn't just the "special" effects. It was the way the characters looked and acted.
So while I am glad I took the time to give this one a try (and I did finish all the episodes even if I did struggle with them) I'm thinking that the book will always be better than anything that can be done on screen.
Here's how it starts:
From 1981 movie,
From 2005 movie,