[DVD] Movie Review – The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

My best friend once lent me her omnibus of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, and later on I found the continuation of the series after Douglas Adams’ death (And Another Thing). If I can find the omnibus again I’d love to read it again.

In this rendition, Martin Freeman, Mos Def, Zoey Deschanel, and Sam Rockwell star as the major characters along with the voices of Stephen Fry and Alan Rickman. It’s a great cast and they play their roles very well.

This is a silly space adventure, and the books read as a comedy, the movie plays along with that very well, having you giggling along for the ride.


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Raising Steam by Terry Pratchett

Raising SteamRaising Steam by Terry Pratchett

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’ve mentioned before that Sir Terry Pratchett is one of my all-time favorite authors, and even in his later books where his health is declining the quality I’ve come to expect from him is still there.

So, Raising Steam – the steam engine has come to Ankh-Morpork. History is being made and Moist von Lipwig is enlisted to keep everything running smooth…which it doesn’t, which is why we have such a marvelous story before us.

I won’t spoil it for you, because its so wonderfully comedic and serious all at the same time, that once you start reading it (like all of his books) you won’t be able to put it down. Loved it.

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream by Shakespeare

A Midsummer Night's DreamA Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Another one of Shakespeare’s works I read back in high school. This one I already knew the premise of, and another romantic comedy. The second time around I understood much more of it. I knew why the characters were acting as they were (though I’m still not fond of Oberon for tricking Titania that way).

Anyway. I do think it ran on a little bit, but I don’t know how one would go about making it any better than Shakespeare did. The chaos surrounding the lovers (which is the main story) ends before the play does. Which is something that bothers me about stories and books, the main plot ends but there still is more story!

At any rate, Shakespeare still had to tie up all the loose ends, and he did so very well.

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As You Like It by Shakespeare

As You Like It As You Like It by William Shakespeare
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Shakespeare is difficult to read, and I’m still not very skilled at it. But I do believe I am better at it now, than I was in high school when I first read his plays. As You Like It is a fairly short read (though I imagine it is a fairly standard length play). Which made it easier on me reading it.

I began reading Shakespeare again to march out my English skills and dust them off. This little play did just that. I will, however, admit that I could not understand everything that came out of Touchstone’s mouth. He is meant to be the fool at court, yet half of what he says is very wise, and the other half just seems like foolery and for me it was difficult to decipher which was which.

I may have to read this play again in the future.

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