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Comedy Movies - Douglas Adams - The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

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The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy
Martin Freeman, Mos Def, Sam Rockwell
Zooey Deschanel, and Alan Rickman as Marvin
Directed by Garth Jennings
Touchstone Pictures 2005

The impossible can be accomplished. The movie version of Douglas Adams' five-book trilogy has been something any self-respecting sci-fi and comedy fan has been salivating about for years. Imagine the task, however: Each fan has his or her idea of what the movie should look and sound like and comparisons will immediately be made to the low-budget television miniseries. There were so many ways the movie adaptation of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy could fail. In no way does this movie disappoint.

Even if you are not a fan of the series, this is a movie you will enjoy. If you are a fan of Marvin the Paranoid Android, Arthur Dent, Ford Prefect, Trillian or Tricia MacMillan, and Zaphod Beeblebrox, and, of course, the Guide, this movie will most certainly please.

Based basically on the original radio series and the first two novels by Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, writers Douglas Adams (well, he got a credit anyways) and Karey Kirkpatrick have done a brilliant bit of radio to page to television to silver screen adaptation. Everything works in this movie, from the way the Guide itself works on screen to the characterization of Trillian (no longer the blonde bimbo from the TV series) by Zooey Deschanel. Zaphod Beeblebrox has been made a little bit more sinister and the special effect decision about the second head is simply a stroke of genius.

The only letdown in this movie is Marvin the Paranoid Android. Alan Rickman does a great job with the voice considering he had a lot to live up to but the robot itself, more reminiscent of recent Japanese bots we have all seen on TV, is a bit of a letdown. The new Marvin is simply too cute to be believable as paranoid or depressed. Watch for a cameo of the original Marvin in the scene at the Vogon head office when Arthur tries to rescue Trillian.

Although the story has been refocused a bit on the relationship between Arthur Dent and Trillian, this decision works.

Those who think you have already seen the movie because you have read the books or seen the television series are sadly mistaken. It is in many ways the same series of events but quite a few new ones have been tossed in. Also, this is a movie that deserves to be seen on a large screen complete with Dolby Surround and so on.

The DVD includes a whole bunch of extra features including additional guide entries and fake deleted scenes.

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