That's about where I am. The more I think about it after seeing it, the more issues I have with the adaptation, but I still enjoyed the movie as a whole. I think they tried to cram too much into too short a time and missed a lot of vital explanation from the books (the significance of knowing where your towel is, that sort of thing) -- it could have been longer without turning into the Lord of the Rings or anything and allowed for more.
But I'd give it a 7 out of 10. Better than most movies I've seen recently, and not too crappy of an adaptation. I think Adams would have done some stuff differently, but I don't see him spinning in his grave over this one either.
Plus I'm a big old Marvin fangirl, so that might affect my opinion too...
No. Adams wrote the first screenplay. It was edited and rewritten by that other writer. They share screenwriting credits because the 2nd writer's screenplay was a reworking of Adams'.
The movie was ok in spirit. The grievous fault I found was the distinct lack of a Sens-o-Matic giving Arthur something that was almost, but not quite, entirely unlike tea. And then Arthur explaining the history of the East India Company and cows and tea leaves to the ship's computer, causing it to shut down.
And wtf, the doors didn't talk, they just sighed happily? What the fuck kind of stupid, pointless change is that? Don't even get me started on Marvin or Zaphod or Ford...
I seem to recall some article somewhere saying that Adams had something to do with this screenplay after the rewriting, but I cant seem to find it now.
I dont think the doors talked in the book until the second book anyway. I remember several passages about how the doors sighed when Marvin was taking the 'prisoners' up to the bridge. I just love the line "Marvelous... its even worse than I thought" though.
Yeah... it would have been cool if the computer was locked up because it was discussing tea with the sense-o-matic instead of a combination of mice and depresing conversations with Marvin (he was supposed to talk a bounty hunters ship into suicide damnit!) But again, I dont think that actually happened until the second book when Zaphod was also magically transported to the planet with the HHGTG offices and ended up in an alternate reality.
Marvin didn't look the way I imagined (I guess they borrowed the costume from the BBC, who still had it from the TV series) but he sounded perfect. When I was imagining Marvin speaking in my head, thats exactly what he sounded like.
Ford was all right. Not as smart or sarcastic as I remember, but definitely passable.
Arthur wasn't bad at all.
Zaphod... grrr. The second head on Zaphod especially grrr. But, I have to admit it made it much easier on the eyes/cameras?
Uh, m0n? The (Sub-Etha) Sens-o-Matic was used to tell Ford that the Vogon ships had arrived. You're thinking of the Nutri-Matic, which dispensed a substance almost, but not quite, entirely unlike a cup of tea.
One of the main premises of the HHGTTG concept is that it changes with each incarnation. Douglas Adams wrote the screenplay, so I don't see how it could be a 'slaughter'. I thought it was great, I wasn't fond of the way they treated Zaphod's heads, but I really enjoyed the movie.
hell, I could even live with major changes from the books if the result was a good MOVIE... but it wasn't. That was just... crap.
Best thing I can say about it is that the chick that played Trillian was beautiful... but she wasn't even a good Trillian. And, you know, if I wanna just see a beautiful chick not doing anything special, it's easier just to wander around campus for a while.
I think I heard that the TV series was crap too, but I haven't been able to find a copy of it around lately.
Trillian was supposed to be a brilliant astrophysicist, and she turned out to be just an adventerous cute girl that liked the wrong guy. *sigh* At least they didn't make her a TV reporter the way that Adams did in "Mosty Harmless" though. That would have made me go into convulsions. Of course, if they manage to make enough sequels I'm sure that will happen anyway.
Kentucky Fried Movie wasn't crap - it was fucking brilliant. Brilliant enough that when I watched again for the first time in years a few weeks ago, it was still really freaking funny - not as funny as it was when we were teenagers, but good lord, for ANY move that nonsensical to still be laugh-out-loud after 20 years? By comparison, the same night I tried re-watching History of the World pt II - remember, the Mel Brooks movie with the "it's good to be da King" line in it? - and omg, it was AWFUL.
Anyway, don't waste money on HHGTG:TM. Bittorrent it if you must. It blew chunks of steaming, fetid ass.
I watched History of the World a few months ago...
It had its moments, but a lot of the humor doesn't seem so risque or... well... funny as it did when I saw it as a teenager. Plus, some of the jokes seemed to be "OMG I said a dirty word" type humor, which just doesn't do it for me anymore.
But still... "Sire, you look just like the Piss Boy" has a lasting qualitah.