Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

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Earth is about to be destroyed due to an intergalatic highway coming through so Arthur Dent is taken on an adventure through the galaxy by Ford Prefect.

I recently read the first book after many years of starting to read someone else’s copy of it and then not being able to finish it before I am shooed out of their house or something similar. Loved the book and the humor. I went into the movie with trepidation.

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It was a fun, little movie and I think it had most of the parts of the first book in there and some of the second book too, which I haven’t read yet. I laughed out loud at parts of the book, but watching them in the movie, I wasn’t laughing. I could have been that it was very familiar to me and I knew what they were going to say. I think that was it because some parts that they changed slightly but kept the same tone made me laugh. Also, when they had parts that were in later books that I hadn’t read yet, I was laughing. I think people that have never read the books will enjoy it for that reason.

I didn’t buy Trillian though. I like Zooey Deschanel, but she just didn’t get into this character. Her voice grated on me the entire movie and she had no chemistry with the lead actor. I can believe him fawning over her, but didn’t buy her seeing anything in him. Mos Def as Ford Prefect was awesome and Alan Rickman as Marvin was great. Sam Rockwell as Zaphod was also really good. I thought all the other casting was good except for Zooey. She wasn’t the right fit for the role.

Grade: B

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