The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is something I’ve been meaning to watch for quite some time now. While it originally started as a radio comedy, its creator Douglas Adams then made a very popular book series. I do vaguely recall a television series being made as well. Now I can’t say I literally watched/read any of the previous works. What really pushed me to watch it is that Martin Freeman (who plays John Watson on Sherlock and Bilbo Baggins in the Hobbit movies) was in the lead role in the movie.
The movie starts with a British man named Arthur Dent trying to prevent his house from being destroyed for some kind of new road construction. His goofy friend Ford Prefect gets all the workers drunk which stalls some time. However what is happening to Arthur’s house is also happening to the Earth as well. Ford is really a strange alien and because Arthur saved his life (when he thought he’d shake hands with a moving car), he takes Arthur out of Earth before it is obliterated by ugly space aliens.
They soon enough land on a spacecraft wanted by the galaxy’s top officials. Mainly because the Galaxy’s president hid away and pretended to have been abducted. President Zaphod Beeblebrox is a complete and utter moron, but he also did the same as Ford as he brought along a human (though a good bit before the end of the Earth) named Tricia McMillan who concidentally had met Arthur before going into the cosmos. One thing is for certain, Arthur would never be able to predict the wacky adventures he will soon see.
Overall I was fairly disappointed by The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. While it has talent from both the source material (from what I hear anyway) and the cast, a lot of things seem to be lost in translation. The plot is a bit difficult to follow, despite its cleverness and wacky characters. And while there is a good bit of humor in the film, it’s nothing that made me laugh out loud, though maybe a chuckle. Opinions back in 2005 seem to be rather mixed, but I did see one guy say “just read the books” which may be the best advice of all.