It is lighter than previous incarnations but still retains most of what I love about the story. Trillian didn't really do anything. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy 2005 Subtitles Everyone has bad mornings. We are dealing with a radically different medium from any of the other that Hitchhiker's has materialised in, and not only does that offer new opportunities to explore Douglas Adams' marvellous universe, it also necessitates dramatic changes. Personally, I am very happy that this version contains the new material.
The on-screen format of the guide itself is an appropriate update of the format developed for the television series, and it's highly enjoyable to see such delightfully silly animations grace a giant cinema screen. That's not to say that the American cast isn't great. Bill Nighy gave a performance that managed to be nothing like Richard Vernon's yet at the same time definitely Slartibartfast. In summary, go to see this film and don't worry. And Alan Rickman providing his nasal drones to Marvin the Paranoid Android worked to near perfection. Most noticeably, and perhaps most important for a two-hour motion picture, there is more effort to form a conventional plot than is present in the original incarnations and this change is accompanied by major changes in character motivation.
I don't think everyone will like his delivery of some of the lines as he can be very dead-pan at times but I found him very watchable and likable. Arthur sets out on a journey in which he finds that nothing is as it seems. Also, the film contains my favourite line. As an adaptation I think it works extremely well though there were a few confusing moments even for me as the large philosophical questions were crammed into two hours worth of movie. When he learns that a friend of his is actually an alien with advanced knowledge of Earth's impending destruction, he is transported off the Earth seconds before it is exploded to make way for a new hyperspace motorway. Perhaps someone braver could have produced something more appropriate, or perhaps this is the best that there could ever be.
It previously only occurs in the second radio series as far as I know and is moved to a different occasion but I was dead chuffed when I heard it! She works well with both Zaphod and Arthur and their interactions were believable. I saw it with about 2000 media persons and we all loved it, which is a pretty hard thing to accomplish. Non-Adamites will love it, as will the die hard fans. The sets looked great and there is one nice tracking shot down a Vogon corridor that shows just how huge the set was. Call me a softy but a couple of the lines nearly brought a tear to my eye. Description Everyone has bad mornings. But, in my opinion, it works.
We'll have to go around! Arthur's only chance of survival is to hitch a ride on a passing spacecraft. She's adorable, funny, charming, intelligent and finally has an emotional depth that was missing from all other incarnations. Passing from the hands of one director to the next James Cameron, Spike Jonze and Jay Roach , it wasn't until the idea landed in front of Garth Jennings and Nick Goldsmith that things truly started to take shape. You wake up late, you stub your toe, you burn the toast. A lot of the new material is funny, but some of it doesn't really fit with Adams' universe and sticks out like a sore thumb.
I really couldn't tell you how someone new to Hitchhiker's Guide might react. This is a new beginning. Think Monty Python in space, or a very British version of The Fifth Element. Cinema is a different experience, and that is the nub of the matter. I'm not really a fan of film reviewers as their job involves pretending that there is an objective standard that governs how much everyone will enjoy a film well, some of them are smart enough not to dress their opinion as anything else. One thing that I felt was a shame is that certain added plot elements make the story less bleak. When he learns that a friend of his is actually an alien with advanced knowledge of Earth's impending destruction, he is transported off the Earth seconds before it is exploded to make way for a new hyperspace motorway.
Bill Nighy makes a great Slartibartfast, coming across as the kindly, if a little absent minded, genius that I've always imagined. Martin Freeman is very funny but also very human. I was extremely excited when I learned that they would be doing the guide entries. The opening title song is worth the price of admission alone think Eric Idle at his peak. Previously, Narcissist Zaphod wanted his ego stroked by fame and fortune, Ford was content with the prospect of a decent party to go to and Arthur's only desire was a palatable cup of tea. So all in all, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is a great experience.
Mos Def and Zooey Deschanel are excellent as Ford Prefect and Trillian, but it's obvious that it's Sam Rockwell who's having all the fun, relishing his role as the over-excitable, reminiscently hippie-rockstar Ex-President of the Galaxy, Zaphod Beeblebrox. It didn't work as well as it might have. Though I really liked Zaphod, I didn't really like the second head. I think the cast did an excellent job, and although Zaphod wasn't quite how I pictured him, Sam Rockwell brought a freshness to the part which largely works. Part of me craves for the inclusion of things that other parts of me recognise will make the film less effective. This is interesting, because here analysis becomes problematic since it is impossible to know which changes were instigated by Adams and which were down to Karey Kirkpatrick , none of the characters in Adams' earlier material really had any significant motivations that would lend them to becoming interesting protagonists in a more conventional setting.
Earthman Arthur Dent is having a very bad day. I found Arthur much more likable and Zaphod funnier than I ever have done, but it never actually occurred to me until the film that Arthur was a bit of a whinger and Zaphod quite boring, because I was too busy paying attention to what happened to them, rather than what they happened to do. The new orchestrated version of Journey of the Sorcerer is great. Stephen Fry is someone who I new would be good. The Magrathea 'factory floor' is breathtaking - especially on the big-screen. Zaphod's second head isn't brilliantly executed but it didn't bother me much. I'll now talk about different aspects of the film.