As I am sure anyone that has ever been a bit dorky is aware this is opening weekend (3133 screens) for Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy. And if you didn’t, you aren’t a cool enough dork.
Based on Douglas Adams’ novel of the same name, Hitchhiker’s Guide To the Galaxy is quite the sci-fi comedy. And for those not familiar with the book, the BBC2 TV show, the various video games or other offshoots- this is the perfect opportunity to become acquainted. It is about the guide that helps two unassuming hitchhikers and their new friends restore normalcy to their worlds.
The opening sequence is hilarious and I was pleased beyond words. Whoever says there is no room for musical numbers within a sci-fi flick are out of their minds!
Martin Freeman plays quite a good dorky Arthur Dent to take us on our journey of the galaxy. Mos Def is a perfect Ford Prefect. And ladies- he is pretty sexy too. Sam Rockwell could steal the show as Zephod Beeblebrox, the president of the universe. Zooey Deschanel is the cute Trillian (Tricia McMillan). And Alan Rickman is the voice of Marvin, the manic depressive robot. With a cast full of unknowns and speckled with some bigger names- you know you are in for a treat.
I saw the midnight screening Thursday night and the theater was full of folks dressed up and showing off their dorky vibes. The theater was packed and there was much laughter throughout the film. There was even a standing ovation at the end. But then, we also opened the flim with the entire theater toasting “To Business” with their Pan Galactic Garble Blasters.
The costumes were great, the sets superb, and I only have one complaint. The Babel Fish is so cute I wanted to see more of it. Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy is a mix of science fiction, comendy, philosophy and adventure. This visually magnificent, action packed film captures the whimsical fun of the novel. Some critics are worried those not familiar with the book will be lost in the glory. I disagree and think they will enjoy the humor even if they don’t already know the punchlines. That is, if they are fans of British humor.
I definately recommend people to embrace their dorkiness and see this film. I cannot wait to see it again.