April 22nd, 2005

Hitch-hiker's Guide

My brother in law lent us his CDs of Hitch-hikers Guide To The Galaxy and we listened to them straight through. This is not the way to do it. After a couple of hours, Adams's famously off-the-wall humour comes to seem repetitive, forced and unfunny. There's a gag in one of the later shows about a hundred mile high statue of Arthur (or is it Ford?) drinking from a styrofoam cup- and it just goes on and on and on.

Whacky humour needs to be taken in small doses. Otherwise your brain accepts whackiness as the norm and stops being surprised and delighted.

Anyway, the movie opened in London last night. It's so rare for a movie to open in London that they devoted a whole half-hour TV programme to it. I'm glad Martin Freeman (from the Office) has become a big screen star. And I'm even gladder they went for him and not Hugh Grant.

I just read the Guardian review. Seems like the movie's better than we had any right to expect, but not as good as the radio show. Right. No hurry then. I guess I'll catch it when it comes out on DVD.