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Corrosive Shame
Therapy for Life
Yesterday, in an effort to escape coding-hell (which was at the stage where it worked, then I tried to tidy the code up, then it stopped working - and repeat), and to celebrate the reappearance of quondam from the neo-pagan-ritual, we wandered off in search of HHGTTG. The experience started well, with trailers for:

  • EpIII - It'll be great

  • Some Vin Diesel Film - Just say no!

  • Batman Begins - Woo! I want a Batmobile!

  • Something else - I've forgotten already

  • Kingdom of Heaven - Looks nice, despite a wooden leading man, and even the trailer looked like a remake of Gladiator
it was on to the main event.

I was under a bit of a dark cloud, but I tried to give it a fair crack, only it really didn't work for me. The humour was forced, the acting frankly terrible and apart from a couple of points where I laughed I felt it totally without wit and almost entirely without merit. Obviously the ultimate question should be "What is the actual humour content of this movie, in seconds?".

Today - something productive. Honest.

Oh, and this is the best "Conservative Party Poster" I've seen here.


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From: kingandy Date: May 2nd, 2005 11:22 am (UTC) (Link)
I enjoyed HHGG, but then I might be biased because they used the line "Well, that would explain the accent". Which is, word for word, what I cited as the sort of thing that would make an american Ford acceptable. Between that and the theme tune, the rest of the movie could have been utter crap and I still would have grinned like an idiot.
kneeshooter From: kneeshooter Date: May 2nd, 2005 11:27 am (UTC) (Link)
You're being, as you say, very generous.
From: pax_draconis Date: May 2nd, 2005 11:45 am (UTC) (Link)
1) Before saying "The acting was terrible", reacquaint yourself with the TV series, which I pulled down last week to watch. By comparison, Martin Freeman and Mos Def are Bafta quality.

2) The appearance of the original theme was the first of the many "silly grin" moments.

3) You are looking forwards to Episode III and therefore anything you have to say on the topic of films is clearly bantha pudu.
kneeshooter From: kneeshooter Date: May 2nd, 2005 11:55 am (UTC) (Link)
1) "The TV Series was craply acted" so "It's ok if the movie is craply acted" is not a valid argument IMO.
2) I did have some smiles, like the original Marvin's cameo and the theme, but not enough to compensite for 100 minutes of my life.
3) It'll be great. George won't let us down!
From: pax_draconis Date: May 2nd, 2005 12:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
See, I don't accept that the acting was bad. I thought Martin Freeman particularly was much better than I expected, and Sam Rockwell was spot on the money.

As to not finding it funny - as a matter of interest, do you enjoy Gilliam humour?
kneeshooter From: kneeshooter Date: May 2nd, 2005 12:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
I do as a rule - I really liked Brazil for example; and I liked the Radio and TV Hitchhikers. This version just didn't seem as clever; the pace seemed slower and almost strained; and some of the jokes were, well, half-jokes.
mr_h_r_hughes From: mr_h_r_hughes Date: May 3rd, 2005 06:45 am (UTC) (Link)
Sam Rockwell was good, I agree.

I also found it funny, though I suspect it may not have been on purpose that Mos Def insisted on 'Guildford' with a big D rather than the very British 'Gillfud' that Martin Freeman used
sack_boy From: sack_boy Date: May 2nd, 2005 01:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
Of course George will let us down - Phantom Plot and Attack of the Clowns should gave warned you ;o)
From: ikkleblacktruck Date: May 2nd, 2005 11:58 am (UTC) (Link)
I don't understand the poster.

Mark said that HHGTTG was not faithful to the radio series, and therefore the book, so I expect I would hate it - I'll catch it on Sky. Ep III is the only film I want to see at the cinema this year.
From: ex_harryh579 Date: May 3rd, 2005 12:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
Surely the radio series wasn't faithful to the book?
From: ikkleblacktruck Date: May 4th, 2005 10:41 am (UTC) (Link)
I have to admit to not having heard much of the radio series, but Mark's a big fan. I assumed from his comments it was very faithful. I was introduced to HHGTTG by the TV series - who could top that Marvin anyway?
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