Sunday, May 15, 2005

Don't Panic

I just returned from finally seeing The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. While it certainly was nowhere nearly as good as the book I still enjoyed it very much. My favorite parts: the "So Long and Thanks for All the Fish" song that opened and closed the movie and when the improbability drive turned the ship into a ball of yarn and all of its occupants into knitted people. I thought the casting was good too. What I didn't like was the way they did Zaphod's heads. And then they had to go and lop off one of them pretty early on. Were they trying to save on the effects budget or something? If you've not read the books you will leave the movie wondering what the heck all the fuss is about. You will be very unlikely to "get it." But if you see the movie anyway, I hope you will not be put off by it but instead be compelled to read the books. The movie was a good afternoon's entertainment. It made me sad that Douglas Adams is dead and it made me want to read the Hitchhiker books again. On another note, I saw a preview for Serenity. It looks great and appears to have most, if not all, of the cast from the tv show Firefly. I hope the full movie turns out to be as good as the clips promise.