As much as I want it to not suck, I have serious doubts about the new Hitchhiker’s Guide movie. I know you can’t tell a lot from previews, but even though I have similar doubts about Star Wars III, at least the trailers have had me itching to see the thing. I get no such urges from H2G2. And after reading a horribly negative review by a Douglas Adams biographer, it’s only gotten worse. (There’s a spoiler-free version and a detailed, 4-part trilogy version. They are both just as depressing.)
Maybe it’s because I’m such a huge fan of the books. I’m trying not to be a book Nazi. I mean how could you possibly put all that wry humor and wordplay into a movie without simply having someone read the darn thing aloud? (I’d be tempted to pay for that, actually, but I’m sure normal humans wouldn’t. It wouldn’t exactly be a financial bonanza for a studio, ya know?)
I’m going to go see it with my peril-sensitive sunglasses (which are apparently not in the movie) at the ready. I’m just not looking forward to a world where the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal cannot be fooled by covering your head with a towel.
Hey! Maybe that will work with the movie, too!