We miss you, Douglas

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Tonight Kim and I went to see a movie I've been waiting for for years, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, partially written by the late, great, Douglas Adams. Kim fell asleep, but that's not a good indicator as it was 10:00 PM when it started and she never makes it through movies that late. I must remember that in the future.

However, although there was much in the movie I enjoyed, I'm not sure how much I liked it. It was...Good. It wasn't great, but I think it comes from two things. First, I've read all 5 books again (for probably the 3rd or 4th time) over these past 3 or 4 weeks AND I've relistened to the BBC original radio series (BTW, trivia question: what happened to Arthur Dent's brother? Answer next blog!) so I think that I had SO much of the text in my head that when they spouted it on the screen, much of it verbatim, I just knew it all already. The things that were new will take some digesting...

Second, I think that the books, as a book, don't really hold together. They're a collection of brilliant skits rolled into a book, and, although I love them, they don't make a coherent narrative. As a result, the movie doesn't either. Although they added some things that I won't talk about to spoil it for other die hards like myself, it just doesn't really flow and is a bit dull because of that. I certainly didn't get the WOW feeling I had after watching the first installment of one of my other favorite books, The Fellowship of the Ring.

Anyway, it's worth seeing, as it is very funny in parts, and touching in others, but...well, I'll be curious to hear people's reactions. Even Kim could go see it and it would be fresh--she was only awake for half. ;)

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