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The Hitchhiker's Guide
to the Galaxy
Movie Stats & Links

Starring: Martin Freeman, Mos Def, Sam Rockwell, Zooey Deschanel, Bill Nighy, Warwick Davis
MPAA Rated: PG
Released By: Touchstone Pictures
Web Site:
Kiddie Movie: The youngin's will probably enjoy it.
Date Movie: If she's the geeky type.
Gratuitous Sex: Nah.
Gratuitous Violence: Nothing over-the-top.
Action: Some chasing.
Laughs: There are some fun moments.
Memorable Scene: Most of the special effects were way cool.
Memorable Quote: Marvin thinks "I feel so depressed."
Directed By: Garth Jennings
Produced By: Gary Barber, Roger Birnbaum, Jonathan Glickman, Nick Goldsmith, Jay Roach

Cool Things About the DVD

Learn a Language! It's got French and Spanish subtitles.
Buy a New TV! Widescreen is best.
Buy a New Stereo! Actually, not really needed for this one.
Anything Else! The "Making of" segment is interesting, but the deleted scene stuff pretty much shows why they were deleted in the first place.

The Hitchhiker's
Guide to the Galaxy

A Movie/DVD Review

MPAA Rated - PG

It's 1:45 Long

A Review by
The Dude on the Right
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.

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 the cosmos.

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 movie.

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!! L8R!!!


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