Posted on 8/13/10 05:44 PM
in BC, probably in Victoria, but possibly in Vancouver, there is a rock and roll radio station that, on Sunday nights, played (or perhaps still plays) old radio shows. at 10, they'd play an episode of The Shadow with Orson Welles and then after that it was wide open. they once took up a series, that I seem to remember was wildly requested, called The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy. and I quite enjoyed it. but that was a good while ago, I was in middle school, so I don't really remember it well. I had hoped that I'd like the movie (British Mini-Series, really) as much as I did the radio show, but unfortunately, that didn't exactly happen here.
it's all so dated. "Super Bowl Shuffle"-dated. worse though: the acting is atrocious. everyone is either stiff or hammy. it's also long. really really long. 190 minutes long.
it does have moments though. that's why it gets a four. the voice over material is regularly amusing (probably in part why the radio rendition worked better, more reliance on that, less on the cutting edge digital effects [it's also quite a bit shorter]) and I also feel a great level of affection for Marvin, "the paranoid android".
in related news, imdb.com reports that a new adaptation of the book is due to begin filming in early 2004. which is good, because this can material can be done a much greater service.