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May 12, 2005

Popping Culture mini-movie review.

Once every three weeks comes The Magic Day. The Magic Day is the day after the second round of chemotherapy. At night on the day of chemotherapy, after the worst of the effects are over, I start taking steroids for three days. On the morning of The Magic Day, I get a shot in the arm that makes all my joints hurt horribly for about two full days, but the pain doesn't usually begin until the next day.

The steroids in fact help clear up my breathing and boost my metabolism, giving me a rare burst of energy. Yesterday was round two of chemotherapy, today was The Magic Day. I had a short time when I knew I'd have energy and could do whatever I wanted, like normal people.

So of course, I took the wife to see The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

Here is my review:

The movie was brilliant and brilliantly acted. Arthur was spot-on, Marvin was spot-on and, most importantly, the dolphins were spot-on.

If you are an obsessive about the novel (I consider myself a hardcore but not obsessive fan), you will be disturbed by the large omissions and additions in the film. However, if you are an obsessive about the novel, you don't represent a constituency large enough to support the film on your own. The changes were clear and obviously necessary to make the film a film for people who hadn't read the book. There is more than enough there to like and recognize for those who did read the book.

Additions simply added more adventure, more humor, more clarity, and a much-needed romantic subplot. I enjoyed it, and am glad I used my 4 hours of freedom every three weeks to have a nice lunch and see this movie.

Now, to lay on the bed for a day or two and whimper.

Posted by Dan at May 12, 2005 04:36 PM

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Don't forget about Mos Def as Ford. He was great.

Posted by: Mrs. Popping Culture at May 12, 2005 11:18 PM

High point for me was the dolphin song at the very beginning of the movie. Second high-point was the falling whale. I enjoyed Sam Rockwell doing Zaphod doing George W. Bush.

After that...I'm sorry. It wasn't enough to carry the movie.

Full disclosure:

I liked the first couple of books (HHG, Restaurant, So Long) but I'm not an obsessive fan.

I do have a single degree of separation from the movie's living screenwriter, so I wanted to like the movie.

Ah well...I'm glad you enjoyed it.

P.S. Question to Popping Culture readers: when you saw the movie, did the audience laugh out loud? When we saw it, only one person seemed to be laughing out loud. But we saw it on a Tuesday night and the crowd was sparse.

Posted by: Ara at May 13, 2005 09:02 AM

The wife and I saw a 1:30 show. There were a total of four of us in the theater. I don't remember a lot of laughing, but there were a few good guffaw moments.

Posted by: Dan at May 13, 2005 01:37 PM

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