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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

This one is a bit odd, but worth the viewing!

Three cheers to the producers of "Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy"! I have been thinking about getting this for several years and finally broke down and picked it up on BlueRay disk (with a discount). My happy surprise was that this film was more then enjoyable, overa...
Three cheers to the producers of "Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy"! I have been thinking about getting this for several years and finally broke down and picked it up on BlueRay disk (with a discount). My happy surprise was that this film was more then enjoyable, overall.

Now I'm a bit pickey generally, and my taste in films can be somewhat unforgiving to the general public, but overall, I was happily surprised by the pick. While this film "isn't" for everyone, with my somewhat off the wall taste and a bit contrived sense of humor, this was a perfect pick for me! If you "enjoy" what is often an off the wall kind of film, "this one surely is that", than you might just enjoy this film as I did. If not, then skip by this film entirely.

The plot can often be confusing, the script a tad unusual, but the visuals most illuminating overall... all in all a somewhat confusing and mixed up piece of cineama but with solid heart!

Not so simply stated, but finally done!

posted by Ditch on October 1, 2010

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Not really what I was hoping for...

As a diehard Hitchhikers fan, this movie was a combination of great pleasure and great disappointment for me. I loved Alan Rickman as Marvin. In fact I loved pretty much everything that was from the books. However most of the things original to this script, I could h...
As a diehard Hitchhikers fan, this movie was a combination of great pleasure and great disappointment for me. I loved Alan Rickman as Marvin. In fact I loved pretty much everything that was from the books. However most of the things original to this script, I could have done without. Although I understand why they did Zaphod's heads they way they did, I didn't like it; and the sub-plot with the cult was completely useless. The POV gun was almost great, as were the idea thwackers. Hitchhikers - especially the first story - is like a comic book universe. There have been 9+ versions of the first story (if you include different audio readings of the book) and this is just the most recent of them, and all of them are valid. Great moments for me included the first time we hear the old theme music, the old Marvin robot, and Simon Jones as the shadowy figure. Bad moments included the ending, which rather defied the point of the whole series and Arthur and Trillian's romance. On the other hand, the creature work was amazing. The Vogons were spectacular. Unfortunatly, the movie as a whole felt... unBritish. Not what I hoped for.

posted by Koneko_no_Yami on October 1, 2010

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    This one is a bit odd, but worth the viewing!

    Three cheers to the producers of "Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy"! I have been thinking about getting this for several years and finally broke down and picked it up on BlueRay disk (with a discount). My happy surprise was that this film was more then enjoyable, overall.

    Now I'm a bit pickey generally, and my taste in films can be somewhat unforgiving to the general public, but overall, I was happily surprised by the pick. While this film "isn't" for everyone, with my somewhat off the wall taste and a bit contrived sense of humor, this was a perfect pick for me! If you "enjoy" what is often an off the wall kind of film, "this one surely is that", than you might just enjoy this film as I did. If not, then skip by this film entirely.

    The plot can often be confusing, the script a tad unusual, but the visuals most illuminating overall... all in all a somewhat confusing and mixed up piece of cineama but with solid heart!

    Not so simply stated, but finally done!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great

    The Movie managed to stay true to the books, but add another level of humor to the series, lets hope they do "the restraunt at the end of the universe" too

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 14, 2012

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    Comedy, romance, drama and everything

    This is one of the zaniest movies I know of but I loved it. I admit I haven't read anything by Douglas Adams, but I've seen the 6-episode British TV series from the 1980s and I thought that was God-awful (who is this God character anyway?). Sam Rockwell was PURE GOLD as Zaphod - his one-liners and physical comedy were exceptional in every scene. The "factory floor" scene near the end - along with the images of the guy filling in the ocean, the guy painting Ayers Rock, and the rising Himalayas - all breathtaking stuff, and of course even more amazing when given the Blu-ray treatment. First-rate sci-fi!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Fun

    I know the long-awaited feature film version of Douglas Adams` eternal Hitchhiker`s Guide to the Galaxy has received a lot of criticism (as well as praise) and I can sort of see why. After the first watch, I felt slightly disappointed and not at all impressed. I am a fan of all the books of the late author, and my expectations were set high. I knew that Douglas Adams himself participated in writing the script before his premature death, and that a lot of additions to the movie (that were new elements as compared to the book) were his ideas, and I could feel that the makers tried to stay true to his legacy - still, at first, I was divided on whether I liked it or not. So when it came out on dvd, I watched it again. And again. And again...And the more times I saw it, the more I liked it - it grew on me, and I found it funnier each time.
    There are so many hidden gems in this version, slight hints at the book and the legacy of Adams that can be lost if you don`t know the books or don`t watch carefully.
    Another thing that has lifted this movie above expectations was the performances - they were all great. I was sort of divided on Mos Def first, but upon rethinking, he was a good choice. I heard that Zaphod Beeblebrox was originally to be played by Robert Downey Jr. and not Sam Rockwell,who was good, and crazy and I like him as an actor, but if I had to pick between the two, I would have gone for Downey in a heartbeat - especially in light of his recent perfomances, such as Sherlock Holmes or Tony Stark. I think he would have taken the whole thing to another level. But that`s just me, and speculation, so whatever.
    I do understand why some people are disappointed, I really do. Watch it and decide it for yourself whether you like it or not.

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