My List: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (2005)

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Rating: 8.5/10

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.

SCORING:

+7.5: really enjoyable comedy adventure

+1: Great acting

+1: Really cool special effects

-1: Shoehorned in romance plot

2 thoughts on “My List: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (2005)

  1. HHGTTG is one of my all time favorites. However, that would apply to the original BBC radio series or the low budget TV version of 1981. This film doesn’t quite cut it. It didn’t deserve to be a bomb and thought of as awful but it was hard to listen to 35 year old jokes over again without much good new material. Martin Freeman is well cast, having him being love with Trillian and making a romantic subplot is either a good update or lazy writers assuming that’s what audiences want. I’d give it a 6 at best. Odd that all your picks are from the last 20 years, pretty young are you?

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    1. I’m 33. I pick these by looking through the DVDs I own and deciding from there. It’s more about what I want to watch at the time than anything else, unlike the other list where I decide randomly, and I just own a lot of newer DVDs as most of them were gifts anyway. I explain in my review that this movie is, in my opinion, the best visual adaptation of the story thus far despite having some issues here and there. It’s probably not completely deserving of being on a list like this but I would put it on there until we have one that’s better. You can like the TV show better if you like, but if I were to review that one, I don’t think I would like the schlocky-ness of it even in a B-movie kind of way. It’s fine for it’s time, but it’s not as good as this movie.

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