The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy defines summer movies based on beloved novels thusly, 'These movies grow out of the author's desperate grasping for attention which has a direct correlation to the amount of time his mother spent with him when he was a child. Never as good as the book (even when the book wasn't all that great) these movies are best avoided; except when they based on anything written by Douglas Adams.'
Of course it has to say that since Mr. Adams wrote it.
Thanks to Becky, of Good Grief! fame, and Type E (I don't think I can use his real name, so I shall use his blog name, even though I think blog names are a bit silly) I was able to partake in a sneak preview of 'The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy' tonight, and best of all it was free! Second best of all is that it was a veritable who's who of the Philadelphia Blogosphere. I was there, Becky was there, Type E (Can I link to his blog? Better not) was there, as was the Lunabomber himself! Jealous yet? Well, you should be, bastard.
Oh, and there were some non-bloggers there as well (like the other Scott), so that was cool.
How was the movie, I hear you ask. Full disclosure here: whilst I was in college (the best 7 years of my life) I wrote a paper entitled, 'Douglas Adams is a god to me' (you see kids, I was a geek in college too!), so it goes without saying that I enjoy his work.
Therefore I really, really wanted to like this movie. It could have been the worst movie I had ever seen (it wasn't) and I would have still liked it. I liked it. The book was better but the film was good. I mean, come on, Author Dent on the big screen? A whale plummeting to its death? Where else are you going to find that?
However, if you haven't read the book you really should. I reread it in preparation for the movie and I still like it as much as I ever did. I wish Mr. Adams hadn't died so young, I am sure he had plenty more wacky adventures brewing in that head of his.