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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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stelar
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Time:2005-04-30 11:51 am (UTC)
I have to disagree with the "too-long factor". I would have loved it to reach the two hour or two hour fifteen minute mark. That way they could have extended some parts, so that it flowed a little better (like the beginning when Arthur is lying in front of the bulldozer).
And there's not actually anything about the dolphins in the first book (well, I haven't come across them yet if they are since I'm re-reading the first one), so I don't actually get why they used the "so long and thanks for all the fish" bit.
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turquoise_helen
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Time:2005-04-30 04:32 pm (UTC)
It was nearly two hours, and felt longer (to me).
I thought the dolphins were a good way to start, especially because they introduced the fact that humans were only the third most intelligent - dolphins were second... ooh suspense, what could it be?
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tofadeaway
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Time:2005-04-30 05:05 pm (UTC)
Bwahaha.

I thought Marvin should look a bit Dalek-esk, too... Like a Dalek, but more like a dustbin, and also falling apart a bit.

I can't wait to see the film - like you, I haven't read the actual thing in AGES but I just remember the storyline and that it's FUNNY. Which is exactly what I'm expecting from the film! Here's to Friday night. Ooooh yes!
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turquoise_helen
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Time:2005-05-01 07:47 pm (UTC)
P.S. Just finished re-reading 1st book and the dolphins do come into it, though not until nearish the end.
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stelar
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Time:2005-05-01 11:22 pm (UTC)
Yeah I know =P Chapter 23 or something like that.
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