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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy [2005…

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy [2005 film] (2005)

by Garth Jennings (Director)

Other authors: Douglas Adams (Original book), Warwick Davis (Actor), Mos Def (Actor), Zooey Deschanel (Actress), Martin Freeman (Actor)3 more, Stephen Fry (Voice), Bill Nighy (Actor), Sam Rockwell (Actor)

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One man is rescued from the destruction of the Earth.

The adaptation seems to miss the point most of the time, leaving out jokes (or worse, just leaving out the punchlines) and replacing them with Hollywood cliches. So, it's not anywhere near as funny as it should be. And between squeezing three hours of material into a movie, and forcing a half-assed love story into it on top of that, it doesn't have much chance. But it's still pretty fun. One thing it keeps intact is the sense of wonder; between the amazing special effects and Adams' ridiculously huge ideas (which the mediocre script doesn't quite squish in spite of itself), it can be pretty impressive - for the right audience. I can only imagine it would be a confusing mess to someone who hasn't read the book, or (like me) listened to the original radio drama a million times.

Concept: A
Story: C
Characters: A
Dialog: B
Pacing: D
Cinematography: B
Special effects/design: A
Acting: B
Music: C

Enjoyment: B

GPA: 2.9/4 ( )
  comfypants | Feb 12, 2016 |
Kind of slow; you have to read the book to really understand it (and I use that term loosely). ( )
  librisissimo | Sep 7, 2015 |
Good, but I prefer longer the BBC version. ( )
  paulsikora | Jan 13, 2007 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Jennings, GarthDirectorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Adams, DouglasOriginal booksecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Davis, WarwickActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Def, MosActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Deschanel, ZooeyActresssecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Freeman, MartinActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Fry, StephenVoicesecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Nighy, BillActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Rockwell, SamActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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The Book: It's an important and popular fact that things are not always what they seem. For instance, on the planet Earth, Man had always assumed that he was the most intelligent species occupying the planet, instead of the *third* most intelligent. The second most intelligent creatures were of course dolphins who, curiously enough, had long known of the impending destruction of the planet earth. They had made many attempts to alert mankind to the danger, but most of their communications were misinterpreted as amusing attempts to punch footballs or whistle for titbits. So they eventually decided they would leave earth by their own means. The last ever dolphin message was misinterpreted as a surprisingly sophisticated attempt to do a double backward somersault through a hoop while whistling the star-spangled banner, but in fact the message was this: So long and thanks for all the fish.
The Book: In the beginning the universe was created. This made a lot of people angry and has widely been considered as a bad move.
The Book: What to do if you find yourself stuck with no hope of rescue: Consider yourself lucky that life has been good to you so far. Alternatively, if life hasn't been good to you so far, which given your present circumstances seems more likely, consider yourself lucky that it won't be troubling you much longer.
The Book: The Encyclopedia Galactica, in its chapter on Love states that it is far too complicated to define. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy has this to say on the subject of love: Avoid, if at all possible.
Lunkwill: Do you...

Deep Thought: Have an answer for you? Yes. But you're not going to like it.

Fook: Please tell us. We must know!

Deep Thought: Okay. The answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe, and everything is... 42.
Arthur: It must be Thursday. I never could get the hang of Thursdays.
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This is the 2005 film directed by Garth Jennings. Do not combine with the miniseries, the book, radio play, or any other adaptation.
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Arthur Dent and Ford Prefect escape from the Earth moments before its destruction and join forces with Zaphod Beeblebrox on board the Heart of Gold and search for the ultimate question.

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