When I was in the theater this past weekend, I noticed two movie posters (and saw the trailer for one of them) that caused me to do a double-take. One could potentially be good if it’s done right; the other will probably end up being a cinematic disaster.
First, the potentially good news. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is scheduled to be released on May 6. The official website is here, although the trailer doesn’t really tell you anything about the film. There are some juicier tidbits on IMDB, including a picture, but even based on that information, it seems like the movie could go either way in terms of quality.
Of particular interest is the fact that Mos Def has been cast as Arthur Dent’s friend, Ford Prefect. That immediately made me think of Marlon Wayans in Dungeons and Dragons, which is a comparison that should keep Mos Def awake at night. Indeed, every cast member will be held to a high standard by those of us who read the book and/or played the Infocom game back in the day (Apple IIe, anyone?). Therein lies the inherent risk of making a movie like this. Another problem is that Douglas Adams, the author of the book, died in 2001. With the obvious exception of J.R.R. Tolkien, I am having a hard time thinking of books that were adapted into exceptional movies after the author died. The movie could turn out to be very good, but it has some tremendous obstacles to overcome.
And behind door number two, we have Son of The Mask. Scheduled for release on February 18, this little gem stars Jamie Kennedy. The official website is here. I suppose the seven people who enjoyed the Baby Geniuses franchise might get a kick out of this one, but this does not look good to me on any level. I enjoyed the original with Jim Carrey, but what was the point of a sequel, especially a decade later? Jamie Kennedy may very well be a talented actor, but he’s not really choosing the best movies to showcase that talent. (I was shocked when Malibu’s Most Wanted was shut out at the Oscars.) He should consider using his role in the upcoming Robots as leverage to get some better movies on his résumé.