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Sunday, April 10, 2005

Life. Don't talk to me about Life.

Apparently someone who was very close to Douglas Adams -- his official biographer, MJ Simpson -- has seen The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy and is not happy. At all.

Here's his verdict on the movie, in two flavours (British spelling intended):
Spoiled and long.
Spoiler-free and short.

Here's his list of Funny things from the book/TV show/radio show which weren't in the movie.

This has nothing to do with the inclusion of Mos Def as Ford Prefect. Simpson actually likes Mos Def and his performance in the movie, As Simpson points out:

Although, as noted, Mos Def plays his role quite well, it’s not a role which is really Ford Prefect as we know him.

So don't give me the "racist" crap I got when I voiced my concerns about Mos Def getting a role which should have gone to someone like Danny John-Jules or Craig Charles (The Cat and Lister from Red Dwarf, respectively) if they wanted a Black Ford Prefect. Ford Prefect's character has been quite effectively neutered without any sort of incongruity being added specifically by the casting of Mos Def. Mos Def apparently portrays this character quite well. He's not portraying Ford Prefect. But he's doing a good job of it regardless.

Anyway, a heated conversation about Simpson's review of Hitchhiker's is available on Slashdot. (of course!)

On another topic, I think this bears reprinting.

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