Mere seconds before the Earth is to be demolished by an alien construction crew, Arthur Dent is swept off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher penning a new edition of "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy."
|Release Date||:||April 28, 2005|
|Genres||:||Adventure, Comedy, Family, Science Fiction|
|Production Company||:||Spyglass Entertainment, Everyman Pictures, Hammer & Tongs, Touchstone Pictures|
|Production Countries||:||United Kingdom, United States of America|
|Director||:||Garth Jennings, Richard Whelan|
|Writers||:||Douglas Adams, Karey Kirkpatrick, Douglas Adams, Tony Chance|
|Casts||:||Martin Freeman, Zooey Deschanel, Sam Rockwell, Yasiin Bey, John Malkovich, Helen Mirren, Stephen Fry, Anna Chancellor, Bill Bailey, Dominique Jackson, Thomas Lennon, Bill Nighy, Alan Rickman, Steve Pemberton, Albie Woodington, Warwick Davis, Richard Griffiths, Ian McNeice, Mark Gatiss, Reece Shearsmith|
|Plot Keywords||:||bureaucracy, android, based on novel, chase, space travel, galaxy, alien, stop motion, survival, hitchhiker, robot, alien invasion, hyperspace, meaning of life, destruction of earth, intergalactic travel, islington england|
First, let me start by saying that this is a funny film.
Like many others, I suspect, I was worried by the MJ Simpson negative review, but having seen the film I can't really understand what all the fuss was about.
Personally, I am very happy that this version contains the new material. I don't want to sit in the cinema watching a line by line copy of the radio play, book, or TV series. Each of those stand by their own merit, and each were good largely because of the new material they contained.
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. His portrayal of Zaphod as a guy who "thinks he is cool", rather than "is cool" works pretty well, and once you get over the southern drawl, he soon settles as a character. Ford is beautifully played, as are all the major characters.
Admittedly, some of the criticisms that were voiced by Simpson have some justification, but most were simply overstated to support his general vitriolic attack on the "purity" of the film.
In summary, go to see this film and don't worry.
I'm looking forward to the DVD and I have all my fingers crossed for a sequel.