Originally posted by Freeway420 The key with the successful Marvel films is that they deviated from the source material, but not the SPIRIT of the material. This fits particularly with the final act of Spider-Man 2.
Such is the heart of the issues I'm having with the comic book I'm adapting for the screen. Like a fool, I told the creator of the book that I'd let him be as involved as he feels comfortable.
He's got the first draft now, and I'm anxiously awaiting the email that berates me for cutting a major character from the book.
Thing is, the book is a book. (and in the case of HHGTTG, the radio play was a radio play, and the video game was a video game.)
Originally posted by AngryJohnnyAs for Sin City... that was a perfect adaption and a good movie. I point to that when people say you can't make a 100% authentic adaptation and make it good for everyone.
Would this be a good time to point out that I'm not too fond of the HHGTTG books because they stray too far from their radio series source material? Loved the movie though, so what're you gonna do?
As to Sin City, I really could have done without the entire Dwight storyline this time around. They're also making two sequels next year, what are they going to do for story? Haven't they already used up all the Sin City stories? (at least those that I remember reading)
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Well, I never Read HGTTG, but I was a fan of the TV series. I enjoyed the movie, and thought they pulled it off as well as they could have without going the LOTR direction with three , three hour movies. I'm also a fan of British humour and scifi which I think really helps . Most of the people I saw it with seemed to at least be scifi types to begin with, and they seemed to like it as well. I give it my thumbs up, as well as Sin City and Ang Bok:Thai warrior.
They're not going to make 5 movies. The first 3 are the only ones consistently good enough to make into movies. Book 4 has its parts (the Rain God, Wonko the Sane), but even for H2G2 the plot makes no sense. Plus, in H2G2 fan circles, Fenchurch is really hated. IDK why.
Book 5 again has some good parts (everything with him on the remote planet as the sandwich maker), but the overall tone is really depressing.
"Anyways, I think most of the people who claim this "left out the good bits" or felt that it was different from the book in a very big way haven't read the book in a very very very long time, as only the love story and Humula were added (the assault on Vogsphere too,"
Should I make a list:
1. good bit. Arthur's argument with Prosser(A:I eventually had to go down to the cellar. P: That's the display department. A: I had to take a torch. P: The lights must have been out. A: So were the stairs. P: But you did find the plans. A: Yes, I found them. In a locked filing cabinet in a disused lavatory behind a door that said "Beware of the tiger". P: That's our display department.) 2. good line. "It hung in the air the way that bricks don't." 3. good bit. When they end up on the heart of gold. Sure, them ending up as a pair of sofas was alright, but I like what was in the book better. Especially "Ford, there's an infinite number of monkeys here who want us to look at this script of 'Hamlet' they've worked out." good bit 4. very different plot. Zaphod's real two heads. Yes, I know that the idea was Douglas Adams'. So what, all of "Mostly Harmless" was his idea too, that doesn't make it any good. He originally did it because it wasn't really possible to make it work (for example, the one in the tv version sucks). But times have changed. MiB II shows that something like that could be done, and would have been much better. 5. very different plot. They go visit Deep Thought? They can recreate the earth as it was just before it was blown up, including all the other people in it? So why do they need Arthur's brain exactly? And what did Trillian mean when she said "The POV gun won't work on me, I'm already a woman?" She was shot by the gun earlier in the scene, and it did work. 6. good bit. The bit with Deep Thought and the philosophers was always one of my most favorite parts. "Now that is what I call thinking. Why can't we think of anything like that?" "Dunno, our brains must be too well-trained." 7. And I just felt that they spent too much time on in-jokes and not enough time on, IDK, real jokes. Zaphod calls Ford 'Ix'. Kind of funny. Marvin turns into his tv series counterpart. Kind of funny. The Heart of Gold turns briefly into Adams' head, the planet of Adams' head, the entire story of the improbability drive being drawn onto the HoG, the fact that one of the building on Jartravard was a giant copy of DNA's nose. Not at all funny, and a waste of time.
Here's the thing. I know I mentioned the plot up there. The truth is, as long as there aren't glaring oversites (which I'm not sure I can say there weren't), the plot doesn't matter. But the thing that was good about H2G2 was it's sense of humor, with funny and memorable lines. I didn't see enough of that for my taste. And I do know that there isn't time to put everything. But you know what? You leave out Humma Kavula and Vogsphere entirely, that gives you quite a bit of time.
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Originally posted by Mr. BoffoAnd what did Trillian mean when she said "The POV gun won't work on me, I'm already a woman?" She was shot by the gun earlier in the scene, and it did work.
Since Zaphod was about to shoot her with it, I think she was basically calling him a girl.
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Mr. Boffo, we differ then. As most of what you wished they had in wasn't there for budgetary reasons. And the ones I agree with you on wouldn't make the movie substantially better. And the philosopher's bit doesn't make me laugh.
Last night was just proof again that a) The Office might be one of the funniest things on network TV and b) Steve Carrell is a God amongst men, although Rainn Wilson being given plenty to do is a good thing as well.