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May 9th, 2005

Don’t Panic

There is a Radio Series that is called the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. Some time later there was a Television Series called the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. It drew on the same source material, while interpreting it differently and in no way should be seen as an attempt to transfer the story/plot characers to the small screen. At the same time, and for some time after there appeared a series of books; five of which together form the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy – a trilogy in four or more parts. Tgether they formed yet another re-imaginning of the same concepts and ideas as best suited to the presentation medium.
And now there is another re-interpretation of what was the original concepts and what has gone before and it too is called the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. Except its a movie and one of its aims is apparently that it should be understandable by Americans – and not just the wannabe European ones who read books, watch PBS and will have come across the Hitchikers Guide in one or more of its previous incarnations.

And its not bad!!!!! Its quite good actually. The actors are well chosen and they bring their own quirks and mannerisms to the characters. This is particularly true for Arthur and Trillian, but no less so for the others or the minor cast, the whale, the bad guy, Deep Thought, and especially Marvin.

There aren’t so many big special effect shots, except for a REALLY SPECTACULAR one near the end, and of course a really explosive one at the beginning. Overall the sets and backdrops work really well, capturing the spirits of the various places and creatures and reflecting them into set design etc as appropriate.

They even left it open for a sequel…

May 9th, 2005

Books

Please please please do not send me book recommendations. its not like I have any willpower; or money.


Maybe I should just forward it on to Jamie… and then borrow it when he is home next month