After months of guessing on whether The
Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy could meet the expectation
laid down by the Douglas Adams book [and avid fans], I finally have an answer
to the ultimate question… and it still is 42.
John Malkovich got a small but humorous part.
The Guide to the Hitchhiker's Guide
The Touchstone film The Hitchhiker's Guide
to the Galaxy, based off of the first book in a series by Douglas Adams
[same title], is the tale of guy loses planet, guy finds girl once lost,
guy regains another planet. Pretty simple huh? Well, there is a little more
to it-add a bunch of silliness and we are there.
The great part about the Adams novels is that they convey a great amount
of humor, brilliant silliness, and a wonderful sense of imagination. I figured
that this would be nearly impossible to convey accurately on film… and I
was right. While the film did have a couple of great moments, I continuously
found myself in wonder on why the film was missing in places where the book
had me in stitches.
Now, do not get me wrong, the comedy in The Hitchhiker's Guide
books relied on extreme creativity that took time to develop. For a film,
you do not have the luxury of time, nor the time to explain everything.
This is what hurt The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Anytime
the film was ready to bring on the humor, it either had to hit the brakes
to show off The Guide, or it had to omit the important details that actually
made that scene funny.
Trillian is a cutie! Even though the love story was rough at best.
So, instead of having us laugh, the scenes came across as almost too silly,
too quick, or too confusing. Therefore, I laughed a lot less in the film
than during the book. So, if you know nothing about The Hitchhiker's
Guide to the Galaxy before entering the theatre, you are either going
to like it or hate it [notice I didn't say love it or hate it]. And to even
like the film, you better not enter the theatre expecting anything remotely
Also, if you did read the first novel in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the
Galaxy, there may be some additions that you won't particularly like.
SPOILERS AHEAD. In the book,
I do not remember that the second Earth was actually completed, or if any
life was placed on it. Therefore, Arthur Dent remains to be one of the last
survivors from the planet, or should I say computer, known as Earth. However,
the film ends on a completely different note.
While I do admit that the final sequence to The Hitchhiker's Guide to the
Galaxy was cool, it does something far different from the book [or so I
think]. Instead of an Earth 2 being put on hold, The Hitchhiker's Guide
to the Galaxy shows the creation of a working replica of Earth along
with the exact life forms that existed just seconds before the original
Earth was destroyed. I did not like this ending, and would have rather left
the next Earth as it was for life to have a chance to be re-born [through
evolution and creation].
Can't say anything bad on the actors, they all played their roles well.
On a lighter note, I greatly enjoyed the roles played by all the characters.
Martin Freeman was a good Arthur Dent, Mos Def played a surprisingly funny
Ford Perfect [the eating and crying was hilarious], Sam Rockwell played
a good Zaphod Beeblebrox, even though he was a little over the top at times,
and Zooey Deschanel plays a cute as hell Trillian [I am in love with her
Final Judgment: If you want a film you can take the kids to, or a film
that is all about being silly, then The Hitchhiker's Guide to the
Galaxy may be right up your alley. However, if you want to witness
a brilliant story with an amazing amount of creativity, you better stick
to reading The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.
For the trailers, movie clips, movie stills, and
synopsis, go to the Hitchhiker's
Guide to the Galaxy Movie Page.