The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005)
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Garth Jennings, Karey Kirkpatrick
Martin Freeman, Mos Def, Zooey Deschanel, Anna Chancellor, Bill Nighy, Sam Rockwell, Warwick Davis, John Malkovich, Stephen Fry, Steve Pemberton, Jason Schwartzman, Steve Pemberton
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|Movie Review by Scott |
April 30th, 2005
An interesting, sarcastically funny film that probably only 1/3 of all the audience members will like.
“Hitchhikers Guide” is basically about a man by the name of Arthur Dent (Martin Freeman) who is having a bad day because his house is about to be crushed by a bulldozer. But then he gets the worst news of all when Ford Prefect (Mos Def) comes over and tells him that the world is going to blow up in a matter of minutes. So they hitch a ride on the spacecraft that is going to blow up earth and so begins the story of “the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy.”
Let me first start out by saying this is not slapstick or on the surface gag comedy. It’s not and for this reason alone I think most viewers, except people who actually read the book or like movies that have a dark or sarcastic sense of humor, will probably walk out of this movie half way through or just sit through it and say it sucks at the end. If you don’t find yourself enjoying it fifteen minutes in your better off going out of the theater and asking for a refund because this is not your type of movie.
With that being said, I must say that I really enjoyed the flick. By not reading the book I’m sure made me criticize the movie less since I don’t really know what they left in, took out, or changed around. But I will say this “The Hitchhikers Guide” was a very unique movie experience. I see a lot of films probably more then 150 each year and I don’t think I have seen anything quite like this film. The comedy in this film is very weird and underneath the surface of the film. Most will not get the jokes, I got some but feel a second viewing is in order to get the others I missed the first time around.
The best character was the depressed robot named Marvin who was voiced by the talented Alan Rickman. He really cracked me up since he basically said he was depressed all the time and no one ever listens to him. Also the two main characters I liked the most were Mos Def who played Ford which I think he did a great job with. I really think Mos Def has a career in movies, he was great in this film and was good in “The Woodsman” and also “ Something the Lord Made.” Another around of applause is also needed for Zooey Deschanel who plays the role of Trillian and plays it marvelously. I know my schoolgirl crush on Zooey might make me seem a bit naïve on her but seriously I think she’s a great actress and this film along with “Manic”, “Almost Famous”. “All the Real Girls” and “Elf” prove this. Sam Rockwell and Martin Freeman were also very good in their roles. I think most of the main stars in this film will have a very successful life in Hollywood.
The film is a great film for not only making us think about the jokes in the film but also making us think in general. There is a lot of talk about the universe and the meaning of life. It’s all very interesting to see a mainstream film be released that actually wants the audience to use their brains or maybe even question things in reality. I really enjoyed that aspect of this film.
In conclusion, I really enjoyed “The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy.” It was quite enjoyable and was very different from the big summer blockbuster popcorn flick I expected it to be. My only complaint about the film was that it sometimes was a little too silly. I know why too? It was trying to get the other audience members who weren’t getting the underlining jokes to laugh or maybe even the little kids in the audience since the film was PG but seriously this isn’t a kid’s movie. Other then that, I really had no problem with the film. So in the end, it was a funny, interesting, and thought-provoking little film. I like how it had action, comedy and *gasp* even romance without making any of them the main focus of the film. It featured some good performances by some of Hollywood’s new up and coming stars.
MovieManMenzel’s final rating for “The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy” is an 8 out of 10. Like I said earlier, If you think you may want to watch this film, I think you should check it out but if you sit in the theater and fifteen minutes in, you say I hope this gets better or this isn’t funny, then you should just get up and ask for a refund because you probably won’t like the film. And to be honest, that’s ok because this film is not for everyone more so then most movies that have a particular audience. But if you do like the first fifteen minutes, sit back and enjoy because you are in for a rare treat.
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