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The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy (2005)

August 15th, 2007 by Maxim · 1 Comment · 4,938 Views


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The Ultimate hitchhiker's Guide: Five Complete Novels and One Story (Deluxe Edition)

I love the Douglas Adams’s book (the 5-part trilogy). It was not easy to read, but it was hilarious. The twisted logic, the irony and the wild imagination in every story of the book – so funny. And yes, Earth does get destroyed (Don’t Panic!) by the Vogon demolition fleet - to make way for a new hyperspace expressway, which will become redundant because of invention of infinite improbability drive that allows space travelers to relocate to any point in the universe by entering coordinates of any place traveler doesn’t want to get to.

I saw the short TV series produced by BBC based on earlier BBC radio show in the 80s and I loved them as much as I loved the “Monty Python’s Flying Circus”.

I saw the movie in theatre two years ago. And now I am watching it again on DVD.

I loved all the jokes about religion and god, or how the president of the galaxy signed the petition to destroy Earth without reading it because he thought he was giving his autograph. Marvin The Maniacally-depressed robot and the sighing doors on the spaceship were hilarious. Very few of them in the movie as opposed to the book, but still they were well placed. Overall though, I thought the movie was trying to stay true to the book, but when you compress a 600-page book into a 80 minute movie you have to compromise in a way that those who didn’t read the book would still be able to follow the story and get the jokes. The BBC series had more time over 8 episodes, so they were doing a better justice to the book, in my opinion. This movie jumps around from story to story a lot. Other then that, the actors clearly enjoyed making this comic adventure, and tribute to Douglas Adams. This is not a big budget movie, which definitely left a mark on the quality of CGIs and props, but it even adds some sweetness to the movie. I think “The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy” will satisfy fans of the book, but I strongly advise the people who never opened it to do so.

Speaking of actors… None of them looked like I would imagine the characters to look like, but this cast is also interesting. Martin Freeman (”Shaun of the Dead”, “The Office”, “Love Actually” and dozens of others) is perfect as Arthur Dent, the last surviving Earthling. Mos Def is a great match for Ford Prefect, the alien who is writing articles for the Hitchhiker’s Guide – the 2nd biggest bestseller in the history of the Universe. John Malkovich plays the religious leader Humma Kavula – a character Douglas Adams had created specifically for the movie. Stephen Fry provided the voice of the Guide. The voice of Marvin (robot) belongs to Warwick Davis, who played Filius Flitwick in Harry Potter films. If you don’t know who Trillian is, read the book. She is played by the lovely Zooey Deschanel (Ms Edmonds in the “Bridge To Terabithia”, Kit in the “Failure to launch”, Jenny in “Big Trouble” and voice-over in “Surf’s Up”; she was also in “Almost Famous”). The Vogon puppets were almost exactly like I imagined them. The factory floor on Magrathea where planets are made were very elaborate and imaginative.

SO LONG, AND THANKS FOR ALL THE FISH! And avoid listening to any of the Vogon poetry.

Trivia: Douglas Adams died of heart attack a day after a planet was named after Arthur Dent.

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Rated 3/5 on Aug 15 2007
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