OK - I've dragged the relevant posts into this one thread so we can carry on discussing this film without detriment to Ant's Hello thread.
Posted Friday 18th February 2005 (10:42am)
Nooooooooooooo! I watched a trailer for it last night and I want to shoot myself! Looks like the Merry Cans have done the same to HHGTTG as they did to Red Dwarf and it ain't funny anymore!!!! What have they done for Ford and Marvin? Please, please, please leave it alone..... the BBC did a great job with the radio plays, the series was great and the books, of course, fabulous... but please, America, don't try and make it into a movie!
Apologies to Merry Cans but what is it with your film industry that has to take a fantastic, cult status book or series and turns it into some bland, politically correct twaddle? I'm sobbing into my tea.
Virumor Posted Friday 18th February 2005 (11:20am)
It's okay Vee, stuff like that always happens when one's favourite book is turned to film. Been there, done that. It's just an adaptation, blablabla.
Shaya puma Posted Friday 18th February 2005 (04:13pm)
This is going way off thread, but in response to Vee: Merry Cans? Note the director and cast.
(Anyway, we're not some homogenious blob of population with one Will whatever our Fearless Leader says. For instance, while the current president was elected by 31 percent of the electorate, 29 percent voted otherwise and, worst of all 40 percent didn't vote. Further, however Merry Canonical I may be, noone consulted me about how to film Hitchhiker's Guide.)
Oh, hiya Grep! Welcome home. We're just chatting over here.
Posted Friday 18th February 2005 (04:37pm)
Vee -- Well, I have only seen the one trailer of Earth blowing up, so I think I may have missed the destruction of the novel to which you are referring. I, however, do believe that many movies we make for the mass market are turned into very politically correct, very happy-go-lucky works that lose their poignancy. There are many works done by independent film companies that have not lost that certain spark though. I guess I was just hoping that Hitchiker's wouldn't be one of those that have lost their spark...BUT, no matter how much you want to deny it, you can't pretend like Brits are not taking part in the making of this film.
Hi again, Ant . Like Shaya says...just chattin' over here...
Kurt Posted Friday 18th February 2005 (04:45pm)
This is a subject which myself inculded and some collegues have been discussing of late. Will HHGTG be a good film. I am quite skeptical of this some of the characters have been changed to conform with the views of the world today. which has happened in a few films I have watched. now many persons would say that this doesnt matter but I think that it does. HitchHikers worked as it was seen to be very English Arthur Dent mild good mannered English man and then Ford an alien but still you thought he was some eccentric englishman. It worked because of the english humor. But as we have seen with many shows which the the american treatment they are terrible. Let us hope that we our wrong and that this will be sumthin else indeed..
Posted Friday 18th February 2005 (04:57pm)
Yeah, unfortunately, many Americans don't quite "get" the English humor (I'm American so I can say that) . They take good satire and turn it into...well...let's just say they change it into something not quite as funny. Americans have never been very good with satire, our Puritanical roots I suppose. The British have made it an art form. I'm not saying that there aren't Americans who are good at satire -- many brilliant satirists exist here; it's just not something that the mass American market has bought into. *sigh* Most want humor they can enjoy without thinking about it, surface-level humor (again, this excludes most Americans who are on this site though).