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Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy, The (2005)

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Original Title : The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Director : Garth Jennings
Writer : Douglas Adams
Douglas Adams
Karey Kirkpatrick
Genre : Adventure
Comedy/Sci-Fi
Country : USA
Language : English
Producer : Douglas Adams , Todd Arnow , Gary Barber , Roger Birnbaum , Derek Evans , Jonathan Glickman , Nick Goldsmith , Caroline Hewitt , Jay Roach , Robbie Stamp
Music : Bernie Leadon
Joby Talbot
Photography : Igor Jadue-Lillo
Distributor : Buena Vista Pictures
MPAA Rating : Rated PG for thematic elements, action and mild language.
IMDB ID : 0371724
Official site : http://hitchhikersmovie.com/
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Starring

Bill Bailey The Whale (voice
Anna Chancellor Questular Rontok
Warwick Davis Marvin
Mos Def Ford Prefect
Zooey Deschanel Trillian
Su Elliot Pub Customer (as Su Eliott
Martin Freeman Arthur Dent
Stephen Fry Narrator/The Guide (voice
Richard Griffiths Jeltz (voice
Dominique Jackson Fook
Simon Jones Ghostly Image
Thomas Lennon Eddie the Computer (voice
Mark Longhurst Bulldozer Driver
Kelly Macdonald Reporter
John Malkovich Humma Kavula
Ian McNeice Kwaltz (voice
Helen Mirren Deep Thought (voice
Bill Nighy Slartibartfast
Steve Pemberton Mr. Prosser/Additional Vogon Voices (also as The League of Gentlemen
Alan Rickman Marvin (voice
Sam Rockwell Zaphod Beeblebrox
Mark Gatiss Additional Vogon Voices (as The League of Gentlemen
Reece Shearsmith Additional Vogon Voices (as The League of Gentlemen
Jack Stanley Lunkwill
Mak Wilson Vogon Interpreter (voice
Albie Woodington Barman
Mason Ball Creature Performer
Sarah Bennett Creature Performer
Danny Blackner Creature Performer
Hayley Burroughs Creature Performer
Cecily Fay Creature Performer (as Cecily Faye
Aron Freeman Creature Performer
Ian Kay Creature Performer
Nikki McInness Creature Performer
Mohsen Nouri Creature Performer
Ollie Parham Creature Performer
Nigel Plaskitt Creature Performer
Lynn Robertson Bruce Creature Performer (as Lynne Robertson Bruce
Jerome Blake Vogon Soldier
Milo Bodrozic Vogon Soldier
Martin Dawson Vogon Soldier
Dan Ellis Vogon Soldier
Steve Grindle Vogon Soldier
Art Hewitt Vogon Soldier
Simon Hibbs Vogon Soldier
Rob Horseman Vogon Soldier
Mike Lewis Vogon Soldier
Paul Nathaniel Vogon Soldier
Tim Perrin Vogon Soldier
Jessie Riley Vogon Soldier
Tucker Stevens Vogon Soldier
Ashley Stuart Vogon Soldier
Ben Uttley Vogon Soldier
Patrick Walker Vogon Soldier
Spencer Wilding Vogon Soldier
William Wollen Vogon Soldier
Polly Jane Adams London Citizen (uncredited
Jane Belson Extra (uncredited
Ray Donn Humma Worshiper (uncredited
John Gomez TV News Reporter (uncredited
Susie Gossling Valerio Daewoo Driver (uncredited
Rich Johnston Congregation (uncredited
Elizabeth Sallay Woman at Counter (uncredited
Jason Schwartzman Gag Halfrunt (uncredited
Mark Stevenson Native American (uncredited
James Thrift London Citizen (uncredited
 

Plot

Everyone has bad mornings. You wake up late, you stub your toe, you burn the toast...but for a man named Arthur Dent, this goes far beyond a bad day. 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. And as if that's not enough, throw in being wanted by the police, Earth II, an insane electronic encyclopedia, no tea whatsoever, a chronically depressed robot and the search for the meaning of life, and you've got the greatest adventure off Earth. Everyman Arthur Dent is whisked off the Earth seconds before it is demolished to make way for a hyperspace bypass. Sadly, his day has only just begun. Before it's over, he will have been blown up, attended a poetry reading, been thrown out of an airlock, rescued, reunited with the love of his life, shot at, had a fish stuck in his ear, insulted, whacked, sickened, deprived of tea, learned the answer to the ultimate question, and almost had his brain sawed out by mice. He then goes to have lunch.
 

Comments

Here's a rather non-committal review!, 25 April 2005 Author: ianrickard from United Kingdom So, is the Hitchhikers' movie any good? Yes and no. It is great to finally see one of my favourite stories finally get the big screen treatment. There are moments where the budget has clearly benefited the overall experience, with some breath-taking CGI sequences. Two particularly spring to mind: An impressive backwards zoom out from earth's surface, past the Vogon demolition charges before the planet is so hastily disposed of, and Arthur's journey onto Magrathea's staggeringly colossal factory floor, which is simply overwhelming. Both illustrate, to great satisfaction, the dramatic readjustment of scale Arthur Dent has to undergo in such a short space of time in a stark manner that is just not possible in any medium other than cinema. 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. Cinema is a different experience, and that is the nub of the matter. 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. 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. 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. 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. Trillian didn't really do anything. Although they are far from unrecognisable, the introduction of tangible drives into most of the characters alters the pattern of events in the story to accommodate what begins to resemble a more conventional story structure. One of the first casualties of this is that the principle players overshadow others, who are introduced, half-heartedly expanded upon, and then almost entirely dropped in deference to the favoured few. It never goes the whole way towards a standard structure though, as half of the principle story is seemingly abandoned in favour of a concentration on the romantic subplot and an overall resolution that is at least reverent to the previous formats. The result is a mixed bag. 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 other major objection, which may or may not have been inevitable, given the time that must be given over to visuals in cinema, is that the filmmakers appear to try and get too much into a two-hour film. As a result, some brilliantly funny lines are missed and key explanations fudged and both are replaced by a general silliness, which appears to be a compromise between the demands of hardcore Hitchhiker's fans and those of the cinema-going public. 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. Whether this is the consequence of those responsible being caught between the rock of Adam's inventiveness and the hard place of the medium they were working in is hard to say. Perhaps someone braver could have produced something more appropriate, or perhaps this is the best that there could ever be. I suppose we'll never know. To summarise: It's very different.
 
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