Though this movie didn’t do great in theaters because it came out a bit too late to be timely, I still love it. It’s a great adaptation of one of the best books ever written, with a screenplay written by the author, Douglas Adams, but unfortunately the technology to do it right wasn’t available until after his death.
The movie begins with the destruction of Earth by the Vogon Constructor Fleet. Luckily, for Arthur Dent, his best friend, Ford Prefect, turns out to be an alien, and he saves him just before the planet is destroyed. It immediately becomes an adventure through space as Ford and Arthur are put into increasingly more improbable situations.
The practical effects in this movie are brilliant. It uses both puppetry and animation to an amazing degree and makes all of the weirdest parts of the movie more believable because of it. The acting is also perfect for this otherworldly comedy. Sam Rockwell is especially great as Zaphod Beeblebrox. Stephen Fry makes a perfect narrator, and Alan Rickman does a really good job of being Marvin the Paranoid Android. I only wish this movie could have done better and we could have gone through the whole trilogy.
The one thing I’m not a big fan of about this movie is the shoehorned in romance plot between Arthur and Trillian. It wasn’t in the book and didn’t really make sense as they’re really totally different people. Trillian here is totally different too. It’s because she’s being played by Zooey Deschanel. She’s fine doing what she does in this movie, she just isn’t the same Trillian I love from the books.
Why you should watch it before you die: It’s a great comedy and space adventure, and one of the last relics from one of the best authors from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, Douglas Adams.
+7.5: really enjoyable comedy adventure
+1: Great acting
+1: Really cool special effects
-1: Shoehorned in romance plot