This is my 2nd of 2 entries in the The End of the World Blogathon being hosted by Movie Movie Blog Blog and The Midnight Drive-In.
Tnx for letting me take part!
“In the beginning the universe was created. This made a lot of people angry and has widely been considered as a bad move.” – The Book
Number of Times Seen – 1 (29 Mar 2018)
Brief Synopsis – A human is rescued mere minutes before the Earth is destroyed and stows away on a spaceship in order to try and find out the meaning of the universe.
My Take on it – This is a movie that I avoided watching for so many years since I never read (or never even had the desire to read) the book.
I think my instincts were right because this film makes so little sense and there is the constant feeling that for someone who has read the book, things make more sense.
If that is the case than this is more of a companion film to the book than a real adaptation of it.
The cast is quite good but they have little to really do.
The standout among the cast is Alan Rickman as a semi-depressed robot, who’s deadpan humor is great to listen to.
After having seen this, I now have even less of a desire to read the book.
Bottom Line – Having never read the book, this film was quite confusing. The story itself seems interesting, but it feels as if so much is being crammed into one storyline that they don’t have time to explain anything. The cast is quite good but no one really stands out here besides Alan Rickman who is great as a semi depressed robot. If this film is only understandable if you have read the book, then something is very wrong here.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The producers have stated that this film is not a literal translation of the books (just as the books were not a literal translation of the original radio show), but all of the new ideas and characters came from Douglas Adams himself. The hired writer simply came aboard to improve structure and make the screenplay more coherent. (From IMDB)
Rating – Razzie Worthy (3/10)
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Again, I’ve never been a fan of this one, but thanks for bringing it to the blogathon nevertheless!
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I loved the book series, myself. This movie version was meh, however. My main objection was to Sam Rockwell’s performance as Zaphod. I didn’t think he had it at all.
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I haven’t seen this movie, but as a fan of the books I hope someday you do give them a chance, or even the TV series.
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