The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is a book that teaches one how to safely navigate the galaxy. Now why would one need to know that? Well Ford Prefect (Mos Def) has just informed his very best friend, Authur Dent) (Martin Freeman) that Earth is being destroyed to make way for a Galactic Highway Ė in 12 minutes to be precise. This does not help Arthurís day. A day, which has started with his house almost being demolished to make way for an English Highway. But as Ford points out, heís got bigger problems right now. Not only does Arthur have to worry losing his home and his HOME Ford has also just informed him that he is not human, as Arthur has always thought. He is actually an alien. Nice. But that actually will work towards Arthurís advantage as he tries to figure out who to survive on various planets and interact with other beings.
This comes in handy when they are roped into helping the President of the Galaxy, Zaphod Beeblebrox (Sam Rockwell); and Tricia/Trillian (Zooey Deschanel), the last surviving Earth woman (who Authur has a crush on); and a depressed robot named Marvin (voiced byAlan Rickman).
Iím sorry for such a brief digest, but I can only say so much without giving the entire movie away. The plot is a little thin.
I donít know. Personally, Iíve never read any of the books this movie is adapted from - I just never had the desire to read them. That said, the hype surrounding the movie, independent of the books, just didnít live up to it for me. My interest was held and I was mildly amused. This is not to say that it was a bad movie, it just didnít live up to my expectations. Perhaps the book was so full of life, that they just couldnít fit it all into a two hour movie.
I really enjoyed Mos Def and I adored Martin the depressed robot. Sam Rockwell was enjoyable as well. Other than that everyone else can go without mention.
Some of the special effects are worthy of a big screen viewing, but really seeing it at home wonít kill you.
I think I need a guide on how to find this movie funny and amazing.
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Copyright Kamal "The Diva" Larsuel-Ulbricht, 2005
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