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#1 Posted on | Instant Rating: 2.48
I saw it this afternoon.

It's good. It's very good.

The thing about THGTTG is that there is no definitive version. There has been a radio play, a TV Series, and, of course, the books. Adams always saw the film as being the final work in his Hitchhikers'pantheon, and it doesn not disappoint. The cast has oodles of chemistry, and there are lots of plums thrown in for the fanboys. Just awesome.



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#2 Posted on | Instant Rating: 9.01
I was hoping it would knock my socks off, and it didn't really. But it was plenty enjoyable enough, and I did like the many nods for the dorks like me.



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#3 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.93
I also really, really enjoyed it. I never read the books, but the film was excellent. The casting is great. Martin Freeman is deservedly the star of the film, and if he doesn't become a huge star after this...there is no God. Zoey Deschanel & Freeman are great together. Mos Def is frighteningly good, and Sam Rockwell is...Sam Rockwell. That is, excellent.

Highly recommended.



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#4 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.62
I'm planning to completely dress up like Zaphod, perhaps invent a new language, take over the nerdness crown from those pansy trekkies. Who's with me?

I am seeing this movie this weekend for my birthday, and am having paraxoms of ecstasy.



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#5 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.00
I won't see the movie until next week (due to personal budget concerns), but the trailer has raised one huge red flag for me. Why does Zaphod only have one head? I mean, that's a pretty big part of the whole thing, isn't it? I mean, that's what makes him so ostentatious. I don't want anything spoiled (maybe he gets his second head or third arm within the timeframe of the movie), but that was a disappointment.

I'd always thought Michael Palin would have made the perfect Arthur Dent in the 80's (I always pictured him while reading the books), but after I saw "The Office", I knew Martin Freeman would do the role just as much justice.

I'm currently re-reading the books for the fifth time or so, and I'm reading Prefect's lines as if they were spoken by Mos Def (one of my favorite artists), and it's eerie how well it fits.

I've heard reviews that the lack of snappy dialogue betrays Adams' style. Are there any fans of the books or radio plays that would agree? That might disappoint me. The dialogue and the incredible turns of phrase and inventions of language not heard since Lewis Carroll are what attracted me to the series in the first place.



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#6 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.23
My review:

http://www.hybridmagazine.com/films/0405/hitchhikers-guide.shtml

It was good but also disappointing. The romance was lame. Sam Rockwell's Zaphod was a lame imitiation of W. without being cool at all. During the shower scene I was like, "What the hell is this doing in Hitchhiker's Guide?" I wanted to smash my head against something. The trips to Vogsphere and Humma Kavula didn't fit.




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#7 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.12
    Originally posted by The Sham
    Why does Zaphod only have one head? I mean, that's a pretty big part of the whole thing, isn't it? I mean, that's what makes him so ostentatious. I don't want anything spoiled (maybe he gets his second head or third arm within the timeframe of the movie), but that was a disappointment.


Well, then, not to spoil anything, but they'll both be there.



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#8 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.35
I thought the entire thing with John Malkovich was STUPID. Most of the movie made me laugh like crazy, but that was just lame. What the heck was going on there?
I actually thought Arthur's role was greatly downscaled and wasted. Too much time was spent on Zaphod, whom I didn't feel was properly represented in the movie. The film makes him seem like some insane hippy. In the novels, I thought he was rather suave, though sometimes uncooth. At the very least, he was more intelligent than the film version.
The best parts were the actual screenshots of the guide explaining things. But then I guess those parts were voiced-over by Adams' writing, so of course they are going to be awesome.
I love the opening montage and Marvin. Overall, there were lots of GREAT things and many BAD things, so I'm solidly in the middle on this one.



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#9 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.12
Alright, my thoughts on the movie. To tell the truth, I'm not sure. Zaphod was fine to me. He seemed about what I would expect for

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someone missing half a brain.
And there was stuff I recognized, but the repititon of the material just didn't make it as funny anymore. But there were a few people in the theater who hadn't read the books, and they seemed to enjoy it.

All in all, I'd give it like a 6 / 10. Slightly above average, but that's about it.



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#10 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.73
I LOVED it.

If you've ever read any of my writing, you'd know that I'm an insane Adams fanboy, so I came into the film with the highest of expectations, that I came out with the warm and fuzzy glow of a movie done well really tells me something.

Without spoiling too much, What I liked:

-Martin Freeman as Arthur. He really seemed to "get" the character, and he was utterly as human as Arthur Dent was meant to be.
-Mos Def as Ford Prefect. I was skeptical at first, if for no other reason than because I'd always imagined Ford as a Brit. Having seen Mos Def in the role, I can say that I really, really enjoyed it. Though i kind of wish he would have played Ford a little more happy go lucky.
-Zooey Deschanel as Trillian, played very very well. Bonus points for being way cute.
-Alan Rickman as The Voice of Marvin. I actually kind of dreaded this because his voice is so distinctive. But I guess I'd forgotten the level of distain and melencholy he can lay down.
-The Improbabilty Drive, Any time it launched it got a big laugh.
-The Guide. Just about as perfect a screen adaptation of the Guide itself as possible.

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OLD SCHOOL MARVIN CAMEO~!


Eh:

-Sam Rockwell as Zaphod: Great casting choice, as there aren't many who could have played Zaphod any better, and the GW stuff got a laugh out of me, but that drug on a little much.
-Opening Montage: The song is catchy, but I don't know. Seemed a little out of place.

Didn't like:

Humma Kavula: Didn't seem to really fit at all, except for one or two cheap jokes and to circumvent some plot devices later in the movie (i.e. why would they need to find the gun)
The Story Arch: Too much was laced into Trillian's attraction to Dent, I think. The movie ended up becoming a love story, which wasn't nearly so methodically planned out in the book.
-Due to running time and mass appeal issues, a lot of the longer, more brilliant jokes were left out, which is really too bad, because that was one of the things that made Adams so brilliant was his ability to get going on something completely incidental, go for twenty pages on it, and be so damned entertaining that you never really realize that he'd never actually made a point. There were glimmers of that in there, but the movie never hits it full on.

As all things Guide go, this was ambitious, certainly, and really, on my end anyway, a delight to watch. I never had any nitpicks about it during the film, only after I'd sat down and thought about it for a while, which is wonderful. This is one of those kinds of movies that I simply can't wait to buy on DVD so I can watch it again at my leisure.

Here's hoping they make some cash so we at least get to see Restaurant.

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#11 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.05
    Originally posted by Parts Unknown
    I thought the entire thing with John Malkovich was STUPID. Most of the movie made me laugh like crazy, but that was just lame. What the heck was going on there?
    I actually thought Arthur's role was greatly downscaled and wasted. Too much time was spent on Zaphod, whom I didn't feel was properly represented in the movie. The film makes him seem like some insane hippy. In the novels, I thought he was rather suave, though sometimes uncooth. At the very least, he was more intelligent than the film version.
    The best parts were the actual screenshots of the guide explaining things. But then I guess those parts were voiced-over by Adams' writing, so of course they are going to be awesome.
    I love the opening montage and Marvin. Overall, there were lots of GREAT things and many BAD things, so I'm solidly in the middle on this one.


I'm glad I'm not the only one who thought they totally missed Zaphod. In the books it was pretty clear that while Zaphod was egotistical and self-centered, he was also clever and aloof at times as well. He sort of puts out an uncaring and stupid presence to throw people off and fool them. He wants people to think ...is he stupid? While in the movie he was just stupid. The W. angle didn't work either, since Will Ferrell does it much better, if I want to see a good impression of W. that's what I'll watch, it has no place in Hitchhiker's Guide.

The love story in the movie was TOTALLY lame ass.

That said I loved the opening credit sequence, the Guide narration, and the entries. There was not enough of that. They left the funniest stuff out so they could do all the bullshit with Malkovich and Trillian. What was up with that scene with the POV gun? Good God.

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#12 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.63
Anybody who says they left the funniest stuff out needs to go read the book again, which I did today. They didn't. Maybe two or three funny jokes tops were left out. I like the movie more now seeing that they actually improved on the text in a few situations, but I agree Humula Kavala wasn't a worthwhile addition. However, the plot to the movie is better than the second half of the book's meandering, without a doubt.


EDIT: Also, is it safe to say that anytime any character has a slight southern drawl or acts stupid that his performance is compared to George W. Bush? For the last 2/3rds of the movie, his performance couldn't be compared in the least, it's ridiculous.

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#13 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.05
Sam Rockwell himself said he based his performance on W., so I don't see where the argument is.




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#14 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.13
BASED his performance on W. It's not an impersonation, it's not a caricature, he pretty much bored his tone of voice. If that pisses you off that much....man, you should stop going to movies. I mean, it's not like there were gags aimed at Bush. And last time I checked he isn't a long-haired womnising adventurous type either.



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#15 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.35
I had no idea his performance had anything to do with Bush, so maybe that shows how effective it was. :)



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#16 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.04
Whatever it was, it wasn't Zaphod Beeblebrox.




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#17 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.63
Thank you for being the source on a fictional character. But according to http://imdb.com Sam Rockwell, IS in fact playing Zaphod Beeblebrox, so I guess you're wrong. People who want films that stay so devoted to their source material to the point of it becoming detrimental, go watch Sin City. This follows the mold that Douglas Adams loved, which each different medium being a new and evolving permutation of the Hitchhikers Guide saga. Anyways, I think most of the people who claim this "left out the good bits" or felt that it was different from the book in a very big way haven't read the book in a very very very long time, as only the love story and Humula were added (the assault on Vogsphere too, but since that was funny, nobody cares to compliment them on bringing that to the screen, since it's the internet: home of criticism). And people seem to forget this is the least of the 5 books, too. Restaurant at the End of the Universe is brilliant, and I hope it gets made too.



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Well the love story in this thing kinda screws the mechanics of book 4 don't you think?

Adding one middle segment would've worked, but two was meh.

Vogsphere was funny but led to the love story spoil of the climax.

The cult was... yeah.

Saying Rockwell played Zaphod is like saying Nicholson played the Joker. Hella entertaining, but quite a distance from the printed page.

As for Sin City... that was a perfect adaption and a good movie. I point to that when people say you can't make a 100% authentic adaptation and make it good for everyone.

Likewise, I point to Spider-Man 2 when purists say that you can't deviate without losing something.

You can stray or stay faithful and make a good movie.

They strayed and they made an ok movie. That bothers me because the slightest tweak would make it good and a little more time in the oven would've dropped our jaws and done for science fiction comedy what LOTR did for fantasy.

It opened first, it'll make enough to warrant a second, and we'll be lucky to complete the 5 on direct to video.



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#19 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.02
    Originally posted by AngryJohnny
    Well the love story in this thing kinda screws the mechanics of book 4 don't you think?

    Adding one middle segment would've worked, but two was meh.

    Vogsphere was funny but led to the love story spoil of the climax.

    The cult was... yeah.

    Saying Rockwell played Zaphod is like saying Nicholson played the Joker. Hella entertaining, but quite a distance from the printed page.

    As for Sin City... that was a perfect adaption and a good movie. I point to that when people say you can't make a 100% authentic adaptation and make it good for everyone.

    Likewise, I point to Spider-Man 2 when purists say that you can't deviate without losing something.

    You can stray or stay faithful and make a good movie.

    They strayed and they made an ok movie. That bothers me because the slightest tweak would make it good and a little more time in the oven would've dropped our jaws and done for science fiction comedy what LOTR did for fantasy.

    It opened first, it'll make enough to warrant a second, and we'll be lucky to complete the 5 on direct to video.


The key with the successful Marvel films is that they deviated from the source material, but not the SPIRIT of the material. This fits particularly with the final act of Spider-Man 2.



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#20 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.72
I liked Sin City, but it gets incredibly tedious by the third section. I don't think it entirely works, in the same way this film doesn't entirely work. It drags a bit in the middle act, and although I understand Humula's placement as a means to advance/create plot and motivation in a story that would otherwise meander and be misconstrued as pointless by a viewer not acclimated to the material I think it could've been handled in a more succinct way and left extra money to flesh other parts of the movie's galaxy with CGI and such. But I feel this is extremely true to Adams spirit, and in certain spots improves upon the text, and I also think that Restaurant at the End of the Universe would be the "Spiderman 2" to this movie's "Spiderman". Meaning, although this first film has it's flaws, it's a good introduction to the characters and the world(s) they inhabit. I just really dig the movie, and will take no shame in being an apologist for it.



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