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Two Big Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Reviews!

Published April 28, 2005 in Movie News
By Ryan Parsons | Image property of Touchstone
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If you have been keeping up to date on The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, you have probably already read our Hitchhiker's Guide to Reviews, which summarized the earliest reviews for the film. Well, now we got not one but two big reviews for The Hitchhiker's Guide from Joblo and LatinoReview.

And what do they have to say? They are mixed! Crap!

Early Hitchhiker's Guide Reviews

Here is the jist to the reviews from Joblo and LatinoReview. Joblo did not like it, but states that he did not entirely understand the humor [a humor similar to the book]. LatinoReview did like it, but also states that the movie is not in any general order and just takes us through a multitude of pranks and action sequences. So, it seems that the question of whether The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is any good or not has yet to be answered. But, here are a few snippets from the reviews to give you a better idea:


About 15 minutes into this movie, with some folks laughing around me, others seemingly having a good time, I realized that this film simply “wasn’t for me” and that I wasn’t likely to get much out of it. A couple of hours later, as the fans of the Douglas Adams book on which this film is based, filed out of the theater, applauding at will, I pretty much confirmed that the film “wasn’t for me”, as not much about its story, its humor or its characters connected with me on any level. That’s not to say that the film sucked, just that…it wasn’t my kind of movie or humor. I hope that doesn’t sound like a cop-out or anything, since I did appreciate most of its actors, particularly Mos Def, Zooey Deschanel (love those eyes) and the great Sam Rockwell, the film’s impressive special effects (loved the “tour through Earth”) and many of its gadgets and original premise, but in the end, whether it was 15 minutes into the picture, or a couple of hours after its opening, I simply could not have cared less about any of the people on the screen or their so-called fantasy world or characters’ complicated names, etc… I didn’t think the towels were funny, I didn’t appreciate any of the narration or the cut-in scenes in which things were explained to the audience via cartoon sketches, I didn’t smile when the doors “sighed” when they opened or when the characters were constantly smacked in the face by giant fly-swatters…I simply didn’t get into any of it!


The rest of the movie can just as easily be enjoyed watching the scenes in non-sequential order. In fact, it’s the first movie ever that would justify a “random” function on the DVD player. The foursome of Martin, Ford, Zaphod, and Trillian (Tricia was given this new name by Zaphod, who thought it more “spacey”) pinball across the galaxy, encountering bizarre life-forms and stranger customs.

The movie is faithful. Sure, some hardcore fanboys will nitpick certain lines of dialogue, or bemoan the omission of a particular entry from the Guide, but no movie can be literally adapted from the page. And “Hitchhiker’s” has always been a fluid franchise; each incarnation, from book to stage to tv, has seen some subtle differences. Adams knew this, welcomed it, and even wrote a new character specifically for the movie, Humma Kavula (a legless John Malkovich).

Bring on “The Restaurant at the End of the Universe.”

Read the entire reviews from Joblo and LatinoReview. To help clear up this mess I went over to RottenTomatoes to see how the critic-meter was doing and, as of now, it say 8 positive and 7 negative for The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy... CRAP!!!

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