Second trailer for The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is up, this one using the concept of the guide itself to make fun of movie trailers in general. Felt true to the spirit of the books to me, and what new footage there is looks pretty sharp. My expectations for this movie are growing.
Two thoughts for now on this movie:
- I know that it’s probably going to be considered sacrilege to some to say this, but filming the Hitchhiker’s books and not fucking them up has got to be almost as big a challenge and almost as problematic as filming the Lord of the Rings books. It’s taken almost thirty years to finally get a big-budget movie out of this partly because no one was able to figure out a good way to do it, to keep the book’s epic scope and its humor–Douglas Adams included. Gotta say that the advent of CGI probably helped the first part out a lot. The second part…well, we’ll just see.
- When I first read the books long, long ago, I’d always had Michael Palin pictured as Arthur and Eric Idle pictured as Ford (Hitchhiker’s and Monty Python have always been irrevocably linked in my head, have been since I was 12). Obviously both of those guys are way, way, way, way too old to play those parts now, so I was very interested to hear just who the filmmakers would actually cast.
My first reaction when I heard Mos Def was going to be playing Ford was, honestly, “Wha?” But after seeing the trailer, I’m fine with it. He’s got the right amount of just-slightly-off charm that Ford needs. And once I’d seen a single episode of The Office, I knew that Martin Freeman was going to be absolutely perfect as Arthur. He’s got the good-looking-but-not-too-much-so everyman thing, plus the neurotic-and-repressed-Englishman thing. Tim, Freeman’s character on
The Office, was made very much in the Arthur Dent mold. Of more concern to me is Sam Rockwell as Zaphod–not because I don’t like Rockwell, because I do. He was amazing in Confessions of a Dangerous Mind and I originally was excited about his playing Zaphod, but after seeing the trailers…I don’t know. Not enough information to fairly judge, I guess, but he just doesn’t look or act at all like I had Zaphod pictured in my head. (Which I suppose makes the problem with me, huh?) And we have Zooey Deschanel as Trillian. We’ve already talked about how much we like Zooey. Mmmmmmm. Zooey.