The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Lost in Adaptation

The Dom explains why he hates the 2005 film adaptation of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

About The Dom

Reviewer of games, TV shows and movies. The Dom also likes to look at film adaptations of books and talk about what got lost transitioning from page to screen.

10 comments

  1. OH my God! I completely forgot that Zooey Deschanel was in this movie. O.O

    • I didn’t remember Martin Freeman was in it, either. I’d never heard of him at that point. Plus, in my mind, I always see the TV Arthur Dent.

      Though I always see the movie Ford. The TV Ford looks more like how I pictured Dirk Gently. Zaphod can go either way (but I never picture that puppet head).

  2. As a longterm fan of the franchise myself, I have to agree.

    That said, are you saying The Office (either version) isn’t funny? THAT I take issue with.

  3. A lot of good points and I agree that the movie is the worst version of the HHGG. However, I did like the face-slapping idea as it explains why the Vogons have no thoughts of their own and why their noses are that high up their face.

  4. I hope Dom didn’t forget his towel.

  5. I see your reasons for disliking the movie are VERY valid, though I have to admit I didn’t predict it. I thought you would have had a problem with the Hollywood style happy ending, where the new planet Earth is placed back in it’s proper place in the universe and apparently it was just the same as the one that was destroyed. I recall in the book they were going to launch the new Earth but the white mice said “nevermind.” But even IF they were going to launch the new Earth it would have been what Earth was like 10 million years ago, so everyone who died still died.
    I recall I read the first book in the series, then saw this movie, then re-read the first book and all the other books in the series (except for that last one I learned about in your previous video, now I have to track it down.) I don’t think one affected my enjoyment of the other, but I would have liked to see the stuff from the other books adapted in some sequels.

  6. Hunh. I thought one of those guys looked like Vernon Dersley, so I looked him up; turned out it wasn’t him, but he is in the movie (as a Vogon’s voice).

  7. B*****m?
    I can’t believe you said that! Are you trying to get a RRR rating?

    Oh, and speaking of not knowing music (see your intro video), I found out recently that the band who did the title music is ‘Eagles’, not ‘The Eagles’. Which is kind of counter-intuitive.

  8. Yay, finally a mention of the Infocom game!

    It’s not so surprising that Douglas Adams co-wrote it, Infocom’s sense of humor meshed really meshed well with his own. According to his Infocom bio making the game was his idea. He also wrote another game for them, Bureaucracy. Unfortunately the HHGttG game ends right when you make it to Magrathea and the sequel was never made.

  9. I seem to be having this tremendous difficulty with my lifestyle.

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