The first big thought that hit me while watching this film was: I can't believe they made a song out of 'so long, and thanks for all the fish'. I'm still internally debating whether that was a stroke of genius or an exploitative travesty.
The glorious thing for me about watching the movie now is that I have read the books, and the basic outline of the plot has stayed with me, but it was so long ago that I don't remember any details, so I wasn't sat there huffing about what they've changed. In terms of characters: my mental image vs. their representation, I thought Zaphod Beeblebrox was spot on (except for the head thing which they dealt with in their own way), but Marvin was nothing like I imagined - to me he was more of a dalek. The casting overall was pretty good, Bill Nighy as Slartibartfast in particular made me smile. Mos Def as Ford was unexpected by everyone, but I think it worked out for the best, especially when he says "remember when I told you I'm not really from Guildford?" haha.
I don't think I've actually said anything useful in this. OH WELL. Not something I want to see again, simply because of the too-long factor, but I'll probably get it on DVD when it comes out.
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