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Mos Def plays Ford Prefect?!
so happy right now.
whaaaaaat why didn't someone tell me this years ago
good in pretty much the same way.
adding that to my list.
he has quite a lot of books, doesn't he?
my friend is awaiting the delivery of a copy of 'Exegesis'...
if you've read that one?
It's just not great either. The script was cobbled together from numerous rough drafts found in Douglas Adams' papers after his death, and it feels like a first draft of a script. I wasn't too keen on the direction either. It lacked the rough-around-the-edges charms of the BBC series, too. It felt too slick. Which is a shame, because I think the cast was nigh-on perfect (especially Mos Def as Ford Prefect - that was inspired).
but remember hearing the story that he was one of the people brought on to re-write the script. They liked his 5min pitch so much they asked him if he had directed before, he headnt, but said he had and got the job. I think he basically winged it.
The acclaimed music video directing duo. Past highlight is Blur's Coffee & TV.
i was sure it was.
the only redeeming feature was Mos Def.
and Mos Def being Ford Prefect would be enough for me to love the film.
also, why doesn't he look like Zap Brannigan like I imagined?
first time watching it. does that happen in the book? I forget...
It was one of the things I definitely didn't like about it. In every other version of Hitchhiker's it's made pretty clear he has two heads side by side.
it was pretty hard to do that in a film without it looking a bit shit. I mean what they came up with wasn't great, but I guess keeping it true to the book was too difficult.
i always assumed his character was based on Zaphod.
but I'm sure he's in there somewhere as well
the infinite improbability engine is living up to expectations.
I tend to think that whatever version you saw first is your favourite one.
I know people who saw the tv series first who thought that the film was poor in comparison. I know people who read the book first and thought that the TV series was poor in comparison. I know people who heard the radio show first and thought that the book was poor in comparison.
Douglas Adams never really bothered with consistency across each version, and I like all of them. But this film... The ideas just felt a bit rushed and incomplete, which they were. The books and the TV series and the radio shows all have their own little charms that comes from their differences. But this film, not so much. Still enjoyable, but I hope one day in maybe 15 or 20 years someone tries again and it comes out perfect.
but it didnt feel fully realised, in plot or ideas.
But enjoyable enough.
I thought they made a really good job of it.