Monday, May 02, 2005

----Warning: Incoming Movie Review 

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy made it to theaters after "a long time". It was "mostly harmless".
It seems to represent a desperate effort to make long-time fans of the "five-part trilogy" and people who know nothing about it equally happy. It throws so many haphazard, partly- or completely undeveloped plot points at the screen, that it pretty much dissolves into an unintelligible jumble of wierd images and stuff blowing up or turning into petunias. Past halfway, almost all of the jokes, old and new, fall flat. The legendary pangalactic cynicism for which the series is most loved by its fans, is replaced by a rather undeveloped love story (They share a towel, and kiss later). The Guide itself, which is one of the most hilarious comedy mechanisms of the original story, shows up perhaps 3-5 times, none particularly funny. It wasn't a complete waste of time, but its main impact was to make me nostalgic for the old, ridiculously low-budget PBS mini-series version. It probably made enough money to warrant the sequel which its ending obviously intends, but I will probably have better things to do.
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