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O Save Us From Inadequate Reviews!

Went to see The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy on Sunday with a bunch of friends. (This is just a short post. Perhaps more later.) We were all delighted, and all of us had read the books, and nearly all had seen and/or heard the BBC TV/radio serials. I mean, Alan Rickman as Marvin... how wonderful is that?

While it has been a long time since I've read the, what is it?, the four-and-a-half books in the trilogy, I tend to remember some of the great lines, just like in Monty Python or Red Dwarf, and there was plenty of familiar ground. And Zephod's two heads were done in a very strange and clever manner.

Call Outs!

I didn't catch it, but one of our group spotted the BBC Marvin suit in the Vogon bureaucracy queue... and I did see it listed in the credits. Also, George Lucas' Skywalker Sound gets a credit for lightsaber sound effects -- you'll know that send-off scene, too. (grin)

What's The Point?

I haven't yet read the review in our local The Grand Rapids Press -- it looked like it was going to be lukewarm, but the clincher was a subhead which said something about maybe it was just that British humor doesn't translate well to American audiences.

Gee, you think?

If so, tough. We live in the world. And as far as I'm concerned, there should be a big block of Douglas Adams fans and fans of the Monty Python boys and some other Brit shows/movies/books who will "get it". If you thought Shawn of the Dead was hilarious, you should be able to deal with British SF sensibilities.


Even if you complain that there is no plot and some of the characters whine or Jar-Jar too much, the Star Wars movies have always looked good. The latest Episode III trailer is full of great visuals. Just a little while longer...

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