The book was strange, but in a quirky and fun way. The movie, on the other hand, was just weird and a bit confusing. Click here for my review of the book.
It started out the same. Arthur’s house is about to get destroyed and so is earth. Ford shows up to save him and they hitch a ride on a Vogon ship where they’re not wanted. Before they get swallowed by space, they’re rescued by the Heart of Gold. But that’s about where things go astray. There’s an entire plotline introduced where Zaphod gets the location of Magrathea and must bring back a weapon. Trillian is captured by the Vogons and they have to go save her. None of that happens in the book except that they go to Magrathea.
Arthur was the same and Ford was close, though he was described white in the book and was black in the movie. the romance between Arthur and Trillian is definitely bumped up in the movie to the point where they fall in love. Zaphod’s whole motive doesn’t seem to be money like it was in the book. Instead, he’s consumed with being the one to find the Ultimate Question.
Since most of the plot is different, the ending it totally different, too. It was sort of like whoever wrote the screenplay took elements of the book and stuck them in there, but nothing happened in the same way, for the same reasons, or with the same outcome. It had a much happier, typical Hollywood ending.
It was okay. It was certainly strange like the book, but the movie did this seemingly without reason. They tried to construct a deeper plotline, but in doing so killed all the charm of the book. Fans of the book probably aren’t happy with the movie, and I’m guessing if you’re not a fan of the book, you’ll just find the movie bizarre. In the end, this is probably why no one seems to like the movie much.
Did you see the movie or read the book? What did you think?