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  1. johnny k

    johnny k Poster Extraordinaire

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    So i started reading the book, or rather the 6th parts of the book. At the beginning, the author explains that there is no coherence between the radio program, the book (even the different parts in the book are not coherent, apparently), and the movie.

    Is the movie any good ?
     
  2. Lone_Poor_Boy

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    I was not a fan at all of the movie. I've read many of the books twice over the years and loved them.

    But give it a watch and see what you think. I like Sam Rockwell but the character just didn't work for me and I found the other three mains; Martin Freeman, Zooey Deschanel and Mos Def to be bland and vanilla.

    It has to be a hard movie to pull off. Some books are just that way.

    EDIT: Apparently Mos Def is now Yasiin Bey?
     
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    I liked it.

    “Don’t panic.”
     
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    Great book, the movie is enjoyable.
     
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    Watch the BBC miniseries instead. Mos Def is unquestionably my favorite MC, and I love to watch Zooey Deschanel do anything but the movie was not great.
     
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    I liked the movie, though perhaps it helped that the movie was my first exposure to H2G2.

    I've heard that the BBC miniseries is better/more faithful to the book(s), but I haven't watched that.
     
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    The film was good fun
     
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    I enjoyed the movie. It’s an easy fun watch.
     
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    P Thought Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    Booknut that I am, I'm always surprised when Hitchhiker threads come up, and I realize that I've still never read any of Douglas Adams's books. I keep meaning to.
     
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    The BBC series better but the radio series is best.
     
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    Exactly.

    Also, note that the fifth book is a bit disappointing, which Adams realized and planned to write one more, but then he died. Another author finished that sixth book, but it got mixed reviews. I have not read it yet.
     
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    Where’s my towel?
     
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    Also notable that Adams always referred to the series as a trilogy, even after the fourth. And fifth.

    The sixth carried on the tradition.
     
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    The movie was ok-ish but the books are better.
     
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    I only read the first one, it was a riot.

    I came by it by the weirdest way....In the back of some magazine, (Rolling Stone? I can't remember) was some small ad for free copies of this new book by some little-known (at the time) author. I thought the title was cool and imaginative, but had no idea that it was fiction, or physics for the masses, or what it could have been. That thing sat around in my collection for years before I finally read it, because in my younger days, I snobbishly believed sci fi was Serious Literature, and perceived the opening pages as mockery.

    I'm so glad I lightened up! Exposure to British humo(u)r helped.
     
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    H2G2 was one of my favorite books, radio series and tv programmes when I was at Uni. My friends and I could quote huge tracts of the text and would pull phrases out for all kinds of situations. Sadly I forgot most of it now though.
    The film was just a bad parody of what had come before.
     
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    I enjoy the movie, but always felt it fell flat compared to the books. The books are an A+ to me (except that 5th edition, which seemed to have been written while he was deeply depressed), but the movie is a B-. Maybe a B when I'm feeling generous.

    I did think that Alan Rickman's Marvin was very good.
     
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    I would definitely read the books first, before seeing the series or (movie?) especially the first two. They are laugh-out-loud funny sometimes, so unexpected.
    I started watching the BBC series years ago and couldn’t get into it.
    The books are so original, and the writing itself is a big part of the experience.
     
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    As can usually be expected, the visuals you create in your own mind when reading a book are vastly better than what's in a show.....especially with the super-low budget BBC TV version. (although it DOES have its charms) I read the first three books before ever seeing either TV or film versions, so I already had pre-conceived ideas. The fourth book, So Long and Thanks For All the fish was also pretty good. But to @P Thought......none of the other Douglas Adams books (like Dirk Gently) were as good, IMHO. I theorize that by the time the Hitchhiker books came along, they'd undergone considerable editing and polishing from the original radio scripts.
    I strongly recommend anyone on TDPRI reading the books, (at least the first three or four) just so you won't feel left out when others start dropping quotes and references.....you won't know what the heck is going on. ;););)
     
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    The books are great...the movie is good enough--I've watched it a couple of times, so I can not really condemn it;). I am not familiar with the radio broadcasts.
     
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