4.27.2005

Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Stick out your thumb, grab your towel, and get ready for an insanely humorous and philosophical journey through space! Douglas Adams’ trilogy of space stowaways blasts off with the premier movie of the first in the series, “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”. It’s a science-fiction laugh you won’t want to miss.

Arthur Dent (Martin Freeman) is about to lose his house to constructor workers who are building a bypass right through his home. It all seems tragic in comparison until his friend Ford Prefect (Mos Def) informs him of a bigger tragedy: he’s not only about to lose his home but the home to the entire human race – Earth. The two escape at the last moment before Earth disappears in a twinkling eye, by catching a ride on a Vogon ship. When caught on the ship, they are expelled into space where they are expected to suffocate and implode, but they are picked up by yet another ship. This ship rockets them into a wild ride that explores the meaning of life and the very concept of thought.

Adams grew up in Cambridge, UK with a unique childhood perception. He earned a Masters in English Literature, and started his career in radio. In 1978 he wrote The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy followed by The Restaurant at the End of the Universe and Life, the Universe, and Everything. Adams developed a screenplay for the first novel with Disney. He died suddenly in May 2001 from a heart attack. The script was completed by Karey Kirkpatrick under contract that the script be kept true to the novel. Having personally worked on the finishing script’s research, I can assure all Adams fans that his wishes were highly respected.

The film does differ slightly from the novel, but only structurally. The structural adjustment is the introduction of Trillion (Zooey Deschanel), Arthur’s love in this story. The shift in the story isn’t very obvious to the book lovers, and doesn’t make a change in the meaning or the foundation of the storyline.

If you’ve read the novels, you are already aware of Adams’ witty humor and perception of life. The film does his voice justice and even adds charisma. The disgusting and crass nature of the Vogons is personified through vile and chubby marshmallow men. Zaphod Beeblebox is brilliantly played by Sam Rockwell who has starred in diverse parts such as in “The Green Mile” (1999) and “Matchstick Men” (2003) to name a couple. He personifies Beeblebox’s insanely silly nature so well, I almost didn’t recognize him.

The conclusion of the film leads viewers to believe there are other adventures ahead. So far there has been no formal announcement of a film to follow representing the second book in the series. Director Garth Jennings did a fantastic job creating a film that utilizes innovative, new computer graphic imaging technology without saturating the film with a false appearance. If a following film is written with the same respect , Adams would be gracious and well-represented.

2 Comments:

Anonymous BLAG said...

THANK YOU FOR NOT SPOILING THE ENDING
I'VE BEEN WAITING YEARS FOR THIS FILM

2:13 PM  
Blogger April Sexton said...

I love this book, I wasn't sure how they could make a movie though. Now I'm really Excited about seeing it though.

5:19 PM  

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