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Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Early Reviews Part II

Published April 20, 2005 in Movie News
By Ryan Parsons | Image property of Touchstone
The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy Since this article is Part II I figured I should stick with what's working.
If you have not read Part I of the early reviews of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy you should go ahead and do so.

This second part continues the attempt to collect early reviews for the movie in order to help the Douglas Adams fans figure what to expect from this film adaptation. So, here goes... again.

Early Hitchhiker's Guide Reviews... Again

Here is the second best list I could create to help give you a better idea of what to expect from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy movie. Please read with caution [may be SPOILERS], and DONT PANIC.

Want to talk about an official source-- check out what Empire has to say:

DON'T PANIC, fervent Douglas Adamites. This movie adaptation of the TV adaptation of the novelisation of the radio series is about as faithful as you can get. Yes, it's been tweaked and twizzled, with a romance inserted here, a new character plopped down there, but everything you love about The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy remains intact - not to mention reinvigorated by its big-screen reincarnation.

Mostly harmless. A very British, very funny sci-fi misadventure that's guaranteed to win converts. Want to go to The Restaurant At The End Of The Universe now, please.


[more early reviews below]

A positive report from Nicolas Botti:

Of course I was a bit nervous because I would have been so depressed if the movie was bad.

But it wasn't !

So, if you are still anxious about the movie, here is what you need to know. I don't think there any spoilers in this review so don't be afraid. This is just my point of view about the movie :

- ALL the actors are terrific. Mos is a perfect Ford, Sam almost steals the show, Zooey is very touching, Martin is very credible as Arthur and Bill Nighy is the best Slartibartfast Iíve ever heard or seen. And John Malkovich makes a short appearance but is incredibly funny. My single regret : I would have loved more lines from Marvin. He's the only character from the books that you could say is underused. He is funny, very depressive but we do not see really that he's got a brain the size of a planet. And, yes, I'm nostalgic for Stephen Moore's voice.

Might as well end with another positive forum post:

It was simply mind-blowing! I can honestly say that I have never seen a movie that is anything even remotely approaching a similarity to Hitchhiker's. Other movies enter Hitchhiker's into their NavSat GPS, and it just goes 'huh?'. The main term I would use to describe it is... it's very, very different. Now this might worry you, but don't be worried: what I think about (and enjoy in) films will no doubt be very different to what you enjoy. When asked 'is it any good?' it's almost impossibly to answer - there's nothing similar enough to really compare it to - I would almost say it is genre-defining. If laughing a lot and thinking a lot about the kind of things that set Douglas off is any measurement of its 'goodness', then yes, yes it is.

It's very fast: well, it would have to be to fit several hours of film and book goodies into a mere 100 minutes or so, but some of the new material is just fabulous, and some of Douglas' more recent ideas and messages come across quite loudly. The cast just excel - some of them are now easily my favourite character incarnations.

Many people will adore it, and many people (most probably hardcore fans) will hate it because they'll say it's too different. I kept on wishing I hadn't known any of the other versions so I could actually, objectively tell what it was like, but the next moment I was laughing too much and forgot.

Do you want more? Well, check out Part I of the early review round up for The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. If you have checked that out already, then check out every page CanMag has to offer. Our advertisers love that. ;)

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