The Hitchiker's Guide To The Galaxy was an absolute disappointment (1 out of 5). It was boring, failed to draw me in, and left me wanting not only more but anything else. I've never read the books, but after seeing this movie, I don't want to. There were numerous idiocyncracies about this movie that bothered me.
Change Arthur, Change!
The movie started out on a bad foot with me when the main character failed to change out of his pajamas when he got to space. I couldn't stop thinking about whether he was going to change or not. In fact, once I realized that he wouldn't be changing into a more comfortable outfit, I kept thinking about all the opportunities he had to change. The lead lady changed from her costume to some nighties to a space outfit, and even had time for a shower and another change of outfit. Perhaps, in this day and age, there's more incentive to have the lead lady get in the shower, and no incentive to make the hero comfortable in more than his morning robe.
Maybe I was expecting too much when I thought a story about hitchiking through space would be exciting. I was bored the whole way through. The most exciting thing to keep my mind occupied was whether or not the main character would get out of his pajamas. I can't stand the thought of being yanked from my home in my pajamas. I just can't function in my pajamas beyond laying around my house. I'd at least need a good pair of sneakers and blue jeans before I would even think about rescuing anyone. Nothing ever happens in this movie. There aren't any great ancedotes either, beyond "Don't Panic" which I got from the trailer.
It's All About The Ending
It was the ending that stuck with me. Usually, that's the case. A good ending leaves you re-living it all week long. This ending was not good; It wasn't bad either. In fact, I would be hard press to call it an ending. The movie kinda sputters out and fades away. I was glad it was over. In fact, writing this review was more entertaining than The Hitchhiker's Guide To the Galaxy.
The most worthwhile part of this movie was finally figuring out what Altavista's Babelfish was all about. Granted, it wasn't a bad movie; it was an utter disappointment. If you have high hopes for this movie and you haven't seen it yet, put it off a little longer. You'll thank me for it.