The BF and I watched The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy today and despite the negative reviews I read of it, I actually liked it a lot. I think the bad reviews came from hyper-anticipating (over-anticipating?) the movie.
The acting in the movie wasn’t really anything worth mentioning. It wasn’t bad but it wasn’t great either. They did a good job casting for Arthur Dent because the actor truly does look like a very average man. Marvin’s voice acting was pretty good also, but I didn’t like how he looked. When I read the book a few years ago, I pictured Marvin to be rectangular, like old 70s sci-fi robots. The Marvin in this film was round and too cute looking.
The special effects were really what made me like the movie. My favorite part is probably the scenes with Slartibartfast and Magrathea. The “interior” of that planet was beautiful and they did a great job displaying the vastness of planets.
Two things that the movie screwed up on that I wish they hadn’t was Trillian and Arthur’s relationship and Atheism. To appeal to the masses, the movie made Trillian and Arthur’s relationship move too quickly; I think the romance shouldn’t have been left in. I read somewhere that Disney cut a lot of the God jokes out of the dialog because they didn’t want to upset the Christian Fundamentalists, which is silly to me. I think Douglas Adams’ comments on God (or the lack of) and religion in the book were a big part of what made the book enjoyable.
What surprised me today was that there weren’t a lot of people watching the movie and it was opening day. It might have been because we caught the last matinee showing of the day, but I expected a lot more people to be watching it. I guess it shouldn’t be that much of a surprise because there was very little publicity about the movie and the few commercials and trailers I’ve seen of the movie were very vague; they expected the audience to already know what The Hitchiker’s Guide to the Galaxy was already. The movie in general made that assumption and I wonder if people who have never heard of the book before would enjoy the movie.