Don’t be a Sucker

I went out and saw the new movie version of “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” and overall, I’d have to say that it’s a good adaptation. Like a lot of critics say, if you haven’t read the books, then you might be a tad lost here and there, but overall, it’s pretty coherent. It certainly was a tough task to adapt such a beloved and respected book into a two hour film form. Of course, a lot of the work was done already, since Adams was working on the adaptation for quite some time and up to his death. And therein is where some things change, because the plot was mucked with a bit from what was in the original book. Now, this was done well, but it does throw off people who are expecting certain things to happen in a certain order. But, if you think about how it would have been had it been a straight adaptation, then a lot of us probably would have gotten bored, since we would have known exactly where it was going.
But, I digress and I have to say that many things were done quite well in the film. I do think that the new development of Trillian & Arhtur’s relationship is a tad much, since it felt better when it was more subtle and frustrating like it was in the book, which of course played out better in later books of the five part trilogy.
The visuals were great. The Vogons were really good and their ships were set up fantastically. Deep Thought was done quite well and of course everyone is still talking about Magrethea where they build the planets, since that was quite an impressive bit to say the least.
The only thing I want to warn people about is if they are waiting for easter eggs at the end of the film, because as we all know today a lot of nifty tidbits, outtakes, trailers for the next film, and just fun facts are put in at the end. I’m not sure if it was Ferris Buehler’s Day Off that started all of this, but it has what is probably the best example of how all of this can be done right. A lot of people were not leaving the theater after the show was over and I know that they were waiting to see if something fancy had been tossed in at the end. So, let me tell you without spoiling it that yes, something is in at the end. Is it worth sitting through a few minutes of credits for to see? Well, probably not, unless you’re an extremely rabid fan and just have to see it. I say this because it was part of the Guide that is one of these illustrated bits and while its definitely funny, you know the whole punchline if you’ve read the book. After that, there are definitely no more surpsises though and you can leave the theater knowing that you really haven’t missed anything else. Once again, I warn you, stay if you want, but you may be let down, unless you’re one of those dweebs in the theater who would cheer at everything, including the running of the Star Wars Episode III trailer, which we’ve all seen before and smells strangely of suckiness, but I’m still keeping my fingers crossed on it.