Tag: Martin Freeman

Mostly Harmless

Mostly Harmless by Douglas Adams (William Heinemann, 1992); audiobook read by Martin Freeman (Bolinda, 2006) An ingeniously plotted novel—by far the most coherent of the Hitchhiker’s books—and one in which Adams at last paid attention to characterisation; but the effect is spoiled somewhat by an incongruous (if by then expected) jokiness in the prose style.    

Sherlock, Series 3

Sherlock, Series 3 by Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat (BBC, 2014) Having cherry-picked the most famous Sherlock Holmes stories, Gatiss and Moffat in series three give themselves even more latitude for creative adaptation of Arthur Conan Doyle’s material, scripting three adventures that rely very much on the telling. Freeman and Cumberbatch remain resplendent.  

42 Word Review: Life, the Universe and Everything by Douglas Adams

Life, the Universe and Everything by Douglas Adams (MacMillan Audio, 2006) [First published by Pan, 1982] read by Martin Freeman Reprising the vast zaniness and existential satire of the original Hitchhiker’s duology, Adams ups his trademark discursiveness, redoubles his protagonists’ fecklessness and yet achieves an oddly cohesive transcendence (while Martin Freeman’s delivery makes a virtue of Adams’ sometimes facetious approach…

42 Word Review: The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies dir. Peter Jackson

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies dir. Peter Jackson (2014) Alternatively: There, a Feature-Length Fight Melange, and Back Again. Peter Jackson’s Gollum-esque craving to don the ring and turn New Zealand once again into Middle-earth gives Howard Shore’s impassioned score first billing while short-changing Martin Freeman. Too many armies, not enough hobbit.