Review: Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

I watched The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy last night and was rewarded with campy science fiction fun. While there were a few surprises, notably the changes in the storyline, it was a lot of fun. My wife had never read the book or seen any previous material so it was quite new to her. I was worried because she had talked to a friend who said the movie was horrible. I determine that the friend was talking about the old rendition, not the movie that was released into the theaters yesterday.

The parts I liked were the surprisingly good special effects and notably British humor. I especially liked Alan Rickman voicing our depressed robot, Marvin. The parts I didn't like are when I felt the story drag a little and the jumps away from the storyline I remembered that felt tacked on for universal appeal. There were only a few places where I felt the film was padded, but my wife mentioned that the movie felt short. Some have said the movie was more a set of skits tacked together. Of course, Douglas Adams used to write for TV, so his books read a bit like a serial anyway, so that's part of the appeal. I liked who they picked for Arthur and Trillian, Ford and Zaphod were passable.

The emphasis on the Trillian romance was expected in order to widen the appeal of this book to more people, but I heard teenagers in the audience who were bored. They didn't grow up with The Hitchhiker's Guide as a permanent resident of the private collection like I did. I'm not sure if the other books of the trilogy will make it to the big screen, but they left the opening there for sure.

Someone get me a Pan-Galactic Gargleblaster.

5/2/2005 Update: Captain Ed has posted his review at Captain's Quarters. links:

Josh Poulson

Posted Saturday, Apr 30 2005 07:07 AM

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There are 4 comments on this entry.

Does the HGTTG go as far as the three books? Argh I don't want to see it if it's changed the storyline... I was hoping it'd be faithful to it.


Posted Saturday, Apr 30 2005 02:51 PM

Well that sounds like it's a fun movie. I'll have to go check it out. I remember the book and thought it was funny. Thanks for the great review.

The Complimenting Commenter

Posted Saturday, Apr 30 2005 10:55 PM

Kines, There are five books in the trilogy.

I never go to the theater any more, but when it comes out on DVD I'll buy it. The DVD costs slightly more than the theater ticket and I can watch it over and over again.

I found it interesting that Douglas Adams actually wrote the radio play before the books.

Dr. Forbush

Posted Thursday, May 5 2005 12:33 PM

Douglas Adams also wrote the screenplay for this movie.

Josh Poulson

Posted Thursday, May 5 2005 02:10 PM

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