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Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

May 13, 2005

In a word: fnord.

Wait….wrong irreverent series.

The HHG2G was, for the most part, an entertaining interpretation of Dougalas Adams’ classic book. While in many ways the book captures the internal look of the book (especially during the tour Slarty gives of the world factory), there were moments throughout the movie that made me wince. My wincing was the result of comedic value slurped entirely away from the rich comedic tapestry that Adams painted.

Jokes throughout the book and movie were abridged, dumbed down, and deboned. The British humour that Adams sharpened to a knife edge is dulled for American audiences, to the point where it’s almost unrecognizable. A line that goes past as “Arthur: They were in the basement!” in the movie is actually much, much funnier.

Prosser: But the plans were on display…
Arthur: On display? I eventually had to go down to the cellar to find them.
Prosser: That’s the display department.
Arthur: With a flashlight.
Prosser: Ah, well, the lights had probably gone.
Arthur: So had the stairs.
Prosser: But, look, you found the notice didn’t you?

For the most part, the movie just made me want to read the book again. And so I will.

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