The Hitchhiker's Guide
to the Galaxy
Movie Stats & Links
||Martin Freeman, Mos Def, Sam Rockwell, Zooey Deschanel, Bill
Nighy, Warwick Davis
||The youngin's will
probably enjoy it.
||If she's the geeky
||There are some fun
||Most of the
special effects were way cool.
||Marvin thinks "I
feel so depressed."
||Gary Barber, Roger Birnbaum, Jonathan Glickman, Nick
Goldsmith, Jay Roach
Cool Things About the DVD
||It's got French
and Spanish subtitles.
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really needed for this one.
||The "Making of"
segment is interesting, but the deleted scene stuff pretty
much shows why they were deleted in the first place.
My original rating for "The Hitchhikerís Guide to the
Galaxy" was 3 Ĺ stars. I was a little torn with that rating,
but after watching the DVD, Iím okay with it because for the
geek that might be present in some of us, including me, itís
a good rental.
Guide to the Galaxy
A Movie/DVD Review
The story kind of goes like thisÖ
Martin Freeman is Arthur Dent. Heís kinda a schlub living
in England, with his problem being that the government
people want to demolish his house to make way for a freeway
bypass. His friend is Ford Prefect (Mos Def), who drags
Arthur to a pub early one morning to announce to his friend
that he is an alien and that the Earth will be destroyed in
a few minutes. But Arthur has his own problems, telling Ford
of how he was at a party and met who might have been the
woman of his dreams, Trillian (Zooey Deschanel), only some
dude stole her away saying he had a spaceship and she should
come with him instead of Arthur. Finally, one of the Vogon
leaders announces to the people of Earth that their planet
is destined to be destroyed to make way for an interstellar
highway, much to the chagrin of the inhabitants of Earth at
the time. But before the Earth explodes, Ford grabs Arthur,
hitchhiking a ride on one of the Vogon planet destroyer
ships, and such begins Arthur and Fordís adventure through
In trouble on the Vogon ship and dumped into space, they
next get picked up by another ship, and this is where most
of the rest of the movie progresses as Arthur gets reunited
with Trillian, while the President of the galaxy, Zaphod
Beeblebrox (Sam Rockwell), has stolen the ship they are on
in order to find out what the ultimate question to the
universe should be. I admit, my summation really doesnít do
the story summation justice, but pretty much it is supposed
to be a fun romp through the galaxy as our heroes find peril
and then find their way out of peril.
Visually the movie was pretty cool, the love story was
alright, and my two favorite characters were Arthur (which
Martin Freeman portrays perfectly, at least for me), and the
manic depressive robot Marvin (voiced by Alan Rickman), and
I must admit that I didnít read the book, so I donít know
how if it is true to the story or not, but the second
viewing was actually a little more enjoyable than my first.
At the movie theater, the 10 to 12ish boy sitting near me,
thought it was the best film ever. Me, not so much. But I
enjoyed watching the movie in the comfort of my living room.
This is really a geeky movie, and the 10 to 12ish boys
who are kind of geeky will probably love it, but for adults,
take that to heart. As far as the DVD goes, the deleted
scenes kind of speak for themselves why they were deleted,
the "Fake Deleted Scenes" try to be funny, but I didnít
think so, and I wasnít going to watch the movie two more
times to analyze the audio commentary tracks, so for that,
youíre on your own. I did find the "Making of" extra pretty
cool, explaining why they didnít really want to use CGI, and
I found it pretty cool how they used the Jim Henson Creature
Workshop folks to make the cool aliens found throughout the
Iím sticking with the 3 Ĺ stars out of 5 for this movie.
Youíll know if this is the kind of movie for you, and if so,
you should be mostly entertained.
Thatís it for this one! Iím The Dude on the Right!!