Movie review: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005)Year: 2005
Director: Garth Jennings
Starring:Martin Freeman, Mos Def, Zooey Deschanel, Sam Rockwell, Bill Nighy

Don’t Panic! Even though the movie strays from the book in several ways, Douglas Adams himself was the one to blame for the changes. The full-feature version of the Guide is keeping up with its other reincarnations in terms of being contradicting and ever-changing. Usually I don’t like when a movie includes scenes made up by screenwriters, but in this case it’s only a natural process of Guide’s evolution.

Of course, I loved Marvin the Depressed Android and Eddie the onboard computer. The two stayed true to the book in their pesimistic and overly cheerful manners respectively. The animations for the Guide itself, along with its hilarious entries were also executed perfectly. I was a bit surprised about some casting decisions and performances. I thought that Ford Prefect wasn’t presented as an equal leading character he was, but had to lurk around like a secondary one. I didn’t find the dialogue funny or engaging neither. On the contrary, sometimes the way the jokes were delivered by the actors seemed a little awkward and dry. Overall, the movie is good addition to the franchise, but the book wins my vote.

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