Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

The 2005 movie directed by Garth Jennings

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Lackluster adaptation of a fantastic novel

  • Mar 17, 2009
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I love the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy books. I love the radio series. I love the unabridged audiobooks. So I was very, very excited to hear that there would be a big-budget film adaptation at long last.

It was the most disappointing experience of my life.

I hardly laughed once during this fiasco. It simply fell flat on every note. I know, I know, I'm too demanding; fans always are. But this wasn't just mediocre. It was dreadful. Painful!

If you can spare yourself this uniquely unfunny travesty, I implore you to do so! There's still time. Do something worthwhile with your life! Read the books!

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Quick Tip by . August 10, 2010
Rather different from the books, but has some excellent new bits. Adams was very into having several conflicting versions of the story and worked on the screenplay before his death. Well worth watching, as long as you don't panic about the inconsistencies.
review by . September 04, 2008
If you haven't read the book   Skip this movie, do not look   You'll scratch your head, and then you'll yawn   Without a clue what's going on     And even if you've read the tale   The movie version's pretty stale   Half way through it'll be your wish   To leave, and thank them for the fish     Like Vogon poetry it's so boring   It'll have the entire audience snoring   How many'll …
review by . August 20, 2008
I watched this crap a few years ago and I gotta say its one of the worst comedies of all time.  It was full of lame scenes that tried to be funny but instead got you asking yourself "was that lame scene supposed to funny?"  Anyways I'm glad I watched it online and didn't pay for it cause I would've been pissed if I wasted money on this crap.  Hell, I want my 2 hrs back for watching this poor excuse of a movie.
review by . November 16, 2005
First of all, I am a total devotee of the Hitchiker novels in particular and all things Douglas Adams in general. I was crushed by his premature death because one of the truly original thinkers and commentators on the inherent bizarreness of the universe was gone. I had very deep reservations about whether the novels could be brought to the screen by Adams -- let along anyone else. However, Adams had apparently completed substantial parts of the screenplay at the time of his death. As astute as …
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Don't panic! 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.


Hitching a ride.

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...

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