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The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy (2005) (DVD) - £5.99 @ Amazon & Play
The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy (2005) (DVD) - £5.99 @ Amazon & Play

The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy (2005) (DVD) - £5.99 @ Amazon & Play

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After twenty years stuck in development (a mere blink compared to how long it takes to find the answer to life, the universe, and everything), The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy has finally been turned into a movie. Following the radio play, TV series, commemorative towel, and books, this latest installment in the sci-fi-comedy franchise is based on the screenplay and detailed notes by Douglas Adams.

For those unfamiliar with the story, everyman Arthur Dent (Martin Freeman)wakes up one morning to discover that his house is set to be demolished to make room for a bypass. Little does he know the entire planet Earth is also set to be destroyed for an interplanetary bypass by the Vogons, a hideous and bureaucratic race of aliens realized in the film by Jim Henson's Creature Shop. Whisked off the planet by his best friend, alien-in-disguise Ford Prefect (Mos Def), Dent embarks on a goofy jaunt across the galaxy accompanied by his trusty Hitchhiker's Guide, which looks like a really fancy PDA.

The guide itself provides some of the funniest bits of the movie, little animated shorts that explain the ludicrous life forms and extraterrestrial phenomena our heroes encounter. Along the way Arthur meets the two-headed party animal/president of the galaxy Zaphod Beeblebrox (Sam Rockwell) and develops an unrequited crush on fellow earthling Trillian (Zooey Deschanel). The creatures and sets are inspired and answer to the sci-fi fan's primal need to see lots and lots of cool stuff. In particular, there's John Malkovich's creepy, CGI-enhanced Humma Kavula. He's a guru leading a religion that worships the gigantic nose that allegedly sneezed the universe into existence (naturally all their prayers end not with "Amen" but with "Bless you.") The aliens the team encounters are inspired creations, eminently worthy of action figure-ification, and the sets belie an attention to detail worthy of freeze-framing. Fans of the other Hitchhiker... manifestations, namely the British TV series, will be amused by a number of in-jokes sprinkled throughout the movie.

Where the story stumbles is in the telling--as books, the Hitchhiker's Guide... was foremost about goofy and brilliant ideas that raised questions about our place in the universe while getting a laugh. The cast seems at times bewildered, at least when Sam Rockwell isn't picking pieces of scenery out of his teeth, perhaps a natural reaction to an adaptation of a book with no traditional plot. The movie has enough trouble figuring out how to get the characters from one fantastical location to the next that Adams's funniest concepts often feel left in the dust. While the reverence the filmmakers felt toward Adams's legacy is apparent, one wonders what we could have expected had the creator of this science fiction universe lived to see it with his own eyes. --Ryan Boudinot

17 Comments

So overpriced for the new one. I bought it years ago for £2.99.

RIP Douglas Adams

Choose the TV series over the film any day.

BUGGERED UP THE ORIGINAL STORY, Marvin was crap too,
The girl in it was a nice piece of ass to coin a yank saying (those that buggered up this story)

If you're bothered by the story being different, you aren't a proper fan anyway, so nuts to you all.

I just didn't enjoy the film at all. The TV series is a zillion times better.

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The pictures were better on the radio.(_;)

Hmmmmm.......

Mr Ashcroft

If you're bothered by the story being different, you aren't a proper fan … If you're bothered by the story being different, you aren't a proper fan anyway, so nuts to you all.


What do you call a proper fan?

seaspray

What do you call a proper fan?



I'm gussing he is referring to the fact Douglas Adams himself made the changes that appeared in the movie. But that is not a reason not to be bootherd by the changes in the film.
Edited by: "DTR" 20th Mar 2011

DTR

I'm gussing he is referring to the fact Douglas Adams himself made the … I'm gussing he is referring to the fact Douglas Adams himself made the changes that appeared in the movie. But that is not a reason not to be bootherd by the changes in the film.


Quite.
The vinyl was different to the original radio, as were the books and tv series, but whilst the film was enjoyable, it didn’t seem to me to be in the same class as the others.
I would agree that the film was inferior, maybe because it was different, so that must make me, not “a proper fan”, even though over 30 years ago we named our first boat Heart of Gold. That too had an improbability drive, a gold mast, and repeatedly pulled us out of trouble.

Prefer the books over anything else but the TV series was a close second. Well worth watching. Voted hot, world would be a better place if everyone saw this. Didn't care much for the film, just because it missed too much out.

Good find.

good price for the series, but the film for £5.99 when its been out on dvd for about 5 years, thats way too much. the bluray should be that price.

i liked the film version though although it wasnt as good as the original series but they are both worth owning. the 2 disc steelbook of the film is lovely.

Good price for the original tv series - wasn't a great fan of the film at all. HUGE fan of the books though! Don't Panic!!

DTR

I'm gussing he is referring to the fact Douglas Adams himself made the … I'm gussing he is referring to the fact Douglas Adams himself made the changes that appeared in the movie. But that is not a reason not to be bootherd by the changes in the film.


Indeed, it's like George Lucas made the changes to Star Wars, doesn't stop them being rubbish.

egg1000

Prefer the books over anything else but the TV series was a close second. … Prefer the books over anything else but the TV series was a close second. Well worth watching. Voted hot, world would be a better place if everyone saw this. Didn't care much for the film, just because it missed too much out.



Yep. Like the humour. In the words of one reviewer, it's an unfunny movie that sets up many of the classic Adams jokes but then falls short delivering the punchlines (or just skips them entirely!).

Such a shame, but it just supports the stereotypical view that many Americans don't "get" British comedy.....
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