The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005)

Mere seconds before the Earth is to be demolished by an alien construction crew, Arthur Dent is swept off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher penning a new edition of "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy."

dpanter

Horrible adaptation failed to establish the tone of the books or the radio series. (2)

Mos Def should definitely get a medal for somehow landing acting gigs when he is perfectly devoid of both talent and skill. Martin Freeman seems just confused all the time (possibly on purpose) but not at all like the Arthur Dent we know from the books. Sam Rockwell and John Malkovich however, are brilliant.

I of course realize that this was always an impossible project. You could never do the books justice on screen, so they didn't try for a faithful adaptation. The general story is somewhat retained but in most areas, generous liberties were taken to make it work in a very shortened version, brutalized into a cinematic experience. Nice try, but doesn't really hold up.

Perhaps I'm biased from having grown up with the books and they being personal favorites. Scratch 'perhaps', I'm definitely biased.

Overall, it fails pretty horribly but it has some shining moments where you can forget the plethora of shortcomings and, if ever so briefly, really enjoy the unmistakable Douglas Adams humor. The universe robbed us of his brilliant comedy genius way too early and we are worse off for it.
This movie should have been so much better, simply because he deserved it.

8 years ago

invisiblecities

bill nighy totally steals the movie

6 years ago

IreneAdler

Totally crazy, liked it! :)

Martin Freeman and Sam Rockwell were great, Marvin the robot was amazing! Lots of funny ideas and great thoughts, really entertaining and witty :)

7 years ago

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