The Hitchhikers Guide to the GalaxyClosed Captioning
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Mere seconds before the earth is to be demolished by an alien construction crew, journeyman Arthur Dent is swept off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher penning a new edition of "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy."
This movie is great. Douglas Adams said he wanted each incarnation of his Hitchhikers series to be different, and this one is similar enough to the books to make long time fans (e.g. me) happy, but different enough to add some new laughs. The Vogon planet, and its thought prevention devices are brilliant. While the 'villian' is kind of unnecessary, he still comes off rather funny. The actors are all great, and whoever designed the sets gets many kudos. The Magrathea sequence (in the elevator/cart/thing) is so well done that Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (the new one) copied it in the sequence in the glass elevator.. Watch both and you'll see what I mean. All in all, an excellent movie, well done, deserves much better than what it got.
For the love of god, DON'T PANIC
I normally hate it with a passion when people dislike a movie adaption of a book, for the simple reason that the movie's plot didn't match the book's word-for-word. But HGTG is the WORST story to apply this poor logic to. There is an edition of the book called The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide, which contains the entire series in one volume, with an introduction from the author. Let me quote what he said, and perhaps that will clear a few things up. "The history of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is now so complicated that every time I tell it I contradict myself, and whenever I get it right, I'm misquoted ... [The Original Radio Scripts] is the only example of one Hitchhiker publication accurately and consistently reflecting another. I feel a little uncomfortable with this-which is why the introduction to that book was written after the final and definitive one you are now reading and, of course, flatly contradicts it." Now take note that Douglas Adams wrote the screenplay for this movie, complete with added scenes. Frankly I would be quite disappointed if the movie accurately reflected ANY previous incarnation of the story.
If you don't like it, you don't get it.
People don't understand!!!! It's British Humor!!!!! Douglas Adams, the author of the book, was a writer for Monty Python!!! The humor is supposed to be like that! It's not supposed to be a sci-fi movie. It's supposed to be a comedy that coincidentally happens to be science-fiction.