I like the idea of a mini-series. That would have been a much better idea. Lower budget, more room for the actors, and it gives the viewers bathroom breaks!
Yeah, I don’t know about the jokes either. The other thing about the lines from the book are that they are very consciously lined up against specific artwork, often in an ironic fashion. Occasionally they tried to do that in the movie, but it wasn’t really working so well.
Interesting data point from someone who hasn’t read the book: Jill liked the “biography” parts much better than the “plot” parts.