Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

(note: to have spots and other such important things added later)

The past weekend I saw a couple of new movies, and, to take a break from the updating past entries which I have been avoiding, and also, since I have nothing better to do, you get two new entries, or more! today.

Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is yet another entry in another popular trend; Converting books to movies. This series I haven't read, but have heard rave reviews about. Most of them I knew were thrilled to see it made into a movie.

My own opinion? It was a really good movie if you went to watch it for comedy. The lines are amazingly funny and will keep you laughing to the point of tears throughout. The actors were incredibly well cast. Ford, galactic hitchhiker extraordinaire, was played by Mos Def. This was often questioned mostly because Mos Def is better known for his hip hop career. However, in this role he was incredibly well cast and played it off to perfection. Also in this movie were Martin Freeman as Arthur Dent, the protaganist thrown into galaxies of bureaucracy he never knew existed. Also starring are Zooey Deschanel as Trillian, Sam Rockwell as Zaphod Beeblebrox, and Alan Rickman as the voice of the very depressed robot Marvin. Alan Rickman is becoming much more well known in the U.S. for his role as Professor Snape in Harry Potter. One other character, that I didn't recognise at first glance is John Malkovich as Humma Kavula. One small interesting fact is that Marvin the robot isn't CGI. Inside the suit was Warwick Davis, better known to some of us as Professor Flitwick, or Willow. It is amusing to think that Professor Snape was the voice of Professor Flitwick.

Unfortunately there are a few downsides to this movie, perhaps not noticed at a first glance. You laugh your way through the movie and it's enjoyable when you're there, but after leaving the theatre you come to one main conclusion.... There wasn't a plot. Now this seems kind of odd, and something you might notice, I mean seriously, a plotless movie? But it's true. There a couple small plots to draw parts together but overall, there isn't anything else there.

This could probably be drawn into one main conclusion, where the story came from. Hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy is not one book, but rather an entire series much like Lord of the Rings or Harry Potter. Unlike those two examples, however, only one movie was made to encompass the entire series. I've spoken with several friends after they've seen the movie and, having read the books, they were left feeling unsatisfied. One told me that they took the plots from the books, mixed them up squished them together and then came up with the script. I can understand why this would upset people who have seen the movie before.

In it's entirety this was an enjoyable movie, but, being left without a plot, or perhaps too many jumbled in one movie, this would be something more to rent just for the jokes, much like Monty Python and the Search for the Holy Grail. Rated PG I give it

Always remember... Don't Panic.


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