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Hands up, everyone who thought the title line was said about me.

*counts*

Anyone who did was wrong: it was vlosk, about Tommy. Isn't it fitting, though?

So, I've had a great deal of fun and spent possibly too much money over the past couple of days. Frankly, it was needed, for all that there was no utterly spectacular bender like on previous "end of exams" celebrations. This was likely a good thing.

While the Plant was unexpectedly (though it should have been expected, at least by me) full last night, Lindsay, her friends, and I did end up going out to BP's instead, in what appears to have been just the first of many changes of plans during their evening. Their adaptability is an inspiration to us all. :P

Went back to their place afterwards, even though I wasn't at all part of their plans for the rest of the evening. I can hope that I helped enough to balance my occasionally distracting her. At the very least, I gained a new, sympathetic appreciation for just how bloody long it takes girls to prep for a night on the town.

And, admittedly, how often it's worth the effort. Lucky clubgoers. :)

Home, and back out this morning for Hitchhiker's. vlosk and his friend Chris (nvision?) caught me while I was at the University, and we arrived at the mall together - Tommy was already there, as were the Turnbull brothers, and Nathan arrived shortly after.

Nathan, the next time Dave plans anything like this, shoot him in advance?

We showed up two hours early because he was anticipating lines, only for it to turn out that the seven of us were the line when the theatre opened. At least the wait wasn't boring - Nathan and his posse had brought their DSes to amuse the rest of us with their incompetence, and we had a lot of good "catching up" conversation - it's been way too long since I've seen most of these guys. Must remedy this.


The movie itself was great, though. I will attempt not to spoil anyone.

There are a lot of departures from the book, which will piss off the more rabid and implacable of fanboys, but most of them fit pretty well. I'm led to understand that a good few of them were DNA's idea, which is true to form, given the changes in the story from the radio show, to the books, to the BBC miniseries, and so forth.

Among the more glaring changes, I especially liked the addition of some other characters from the Beeblebrox administration, like his VP (who rather shamelessly lusts after him, and repeatedly has to restrain the Vogons from getting trigger-happy), and his defeated election opponent, who's gone on to lead a religious cult.

Also, the Point of View gun is a riot (it has to be seen, really, it does). Though I wish it'd had a visual effect. That lack's one of the few visual miscues in the movie, though: the rest of it is actually fairly well done. The scene on Magrathea's "factory floor" is particularly majestic and stunning, and I do like the look of the Guide. And the Improbability Drive sequences (and yes, the whale is in the movie. :) )

Alan Rickman makes a great Marvin, and the actor playing Arthur Dent manages to convey that very same sense of utter bewilderment, and eventual growth, that I always got from his character. Also: Zooey Deschanel? So Trillian. And pretty. Curse those high shower doors. :)

I do have a few qualms, though: a few of the jokes (the towel thing, sadly, is a particular example) aren't really explained, and so will make no sense if you haven't read the book. The romance plot/love triangle seems a tad tacked on (though admittedly I always wanted the Arthur/Trillian angle to be seen a bit more in the books, as the latter is eminently crush-worthy).

There are, of course, the inevitable cuts and minor changes. Rearrangements of plot events, cuts of dialog (though a lot of the dialog and Guide narration is lifted verbatim from the book, and the added Guide entries sound almost like they could have been. Props.)

Those aside, I was laughing most of the way through, and the title song is still in my head. That has to mean something. I'd recommend that you see it. Just remember that it's an adaptation, nor a reproduction - HHGTTG is the sort of book that's near-impossible to really do justice to in film.


Did indeed see Lindsay after the movie, if briefly - she'd come with her roommate Lisa. Yay. *chuckles* Talked for a bit, she met the gang, but then they had to leave to go pack: going home for the summe tomorrowr, and all.

Mmm. On one hand, such atrocious timing - on the other, it's probably for the best. There is...a lot of enthusiasm here, on both sides. Possibly too much: though I would be the last to complain about being swept away by joy, enthusiasm, and novelty...such exuberance is a bit uncharacteristic of my experience. Though some of you will no doubt say that it doesn't surprise you at all.

Some time, some distance, might serve us well. I like to think that I'm being a good boy and giving her time to figure out what she wants, but, in fact, I'm not so sure I don't need that time myself. Regardless, I will miss her terribly. Hopefully, she'll visit the city during the summer.

But I digress. As evidenced by the fact that these last two paragraphs took me three hours to write.

After the girls had left, and Nathan and the Turnbulls had inexplicably disappeared, Andy, Tommy, Chris, and I went off to Julio's for nachos, drinks, and conversation. Spent possibly way too long there. Hadn't expected to come, so hadn't brought ID. Bother.

If I ever disavow all my previous principles and run for public office, I'll have to buy Andy's silence. He recalls far too much of my sordid past.

Just because I advocated boiling people in oil for unpaid parking tickets in debate class, and nearly decapitated him with a thrown juice bottle doesn't make me a bad person, I swear. I was just a very highly strung seventh grader.

-D.

Comments

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opendestiny
Apr. 30th, 2005 08:31 am (UTC)
C + Amazons? Hmmmm...
*puts up hand* I can see it. Though what that says about me is left up to the reader's discresion. :)

Incidentally, while the timing may seem to be atrocious, I am a firm believer in the cliche "everything happens for a reason", and I'm sure Destiny has some cards up her sleeve that no one will suspect until she lays them on the table.

In any case, I'll miss you as well and will do my best to get at least one trip to Edmonton worked in. ^.^ *kisse*
vlosk
May. 1st, 2005 10:20 pm (UTC)
Heh
Heh, awesome! Just to point out, Chris doesn't have an LJ; NVision is another friend of mine, and I'm not sure if you've met him or not.

And yes, I could definitely see Tommy as a sex slave for the Amazons. Not sure how that cam up though...

As for the grade 7 bit, BEST DEBATE EVER. We had to argue capital punishment, and our side was 'For'. So, Chigbo decides that a) it should be more painful, thus more a deterrent, and b) brought to lower charges, such as sexual assault and unpaid parking tickets. This last, though joking, produced the best look of fear I've ever seen on a teacher's face. She just paled. Don't get me wrong, he's a great guy; I'd just watch out if he ever got elected ;)
paleshadow
May. 2nd, 2005 08:43 pm (UTC)
Re: Heh
Hey, if we could get rid of that unfortunate tendency our justice system has to convict the innocent because they're too poor or have the wrong skin colour, the plan isn't completely crazy. (Only partly.)

Now, aren't you glad I'm too lazy to aspire to power?

-D.
vlosk
May. 2nd, 2005 11:23 pm (UTC)
Re: Heh
Glad!? I find your methods of control amusing, but in all honesty... I'm a little disapointed in your laziness....

[its a good thing to have a relatively-sane dictator in your close circle of friends...]
vlosk
May. 1st, 2005 10:22 pm (UTC)
Oh, and Lindsay, nice to meet you!
(Anonymous)
May. 2nd, 2005 03:29 am (UTC)
what
After the girls had left, and Nathan and the Turnbulls had inexplicably disappeared, Andy, Tommy, Chris, and I went off to Julio's for nachos, drinks, and conversation. Spent possibly way too long there. Hadn't expected to come, so hadn't brought ID. Bother.
What? We were waiting for you guys!! Aah well, it was probably for the best anyway, as we would've tried to swindle you into seeing Sin City with us :) We really need to do something again. Preferably within the next 18 months, unlike last time.

-Nathan
paleshadow
May. 2nd, 2005 08:40 pm (UTC)
Re: what
What we have here is a failure to communicate.

And yes, we do need to do something. Have Tommy and Andy bugged you about a LAN party yet? Maybe if we time it at a sane time of day, Cunningham can make it too. We've seen almost nothing of him since he went on co-op.

-D.
vlosk
May. 2nd, 2005 11:22 pm (UTC)
I'm always game for a LAN Party.... hosting one could be a bitch if the 'rents are in town, but if they plan on leaving / you guys found a mutually acceptable time, I'm in!
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