The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
  • 2005
  • US / UK
  • 1h 50min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Garth Jennings
  • Cast: Martin Freeman, Zooey Deschanel, Mos Def, Sam Rockwell, Bill Nighy, Anna Chancellor, John Malkovich, Alan Rickman, Warwick Davis

First time feature director Jennings has moulded Douglas Adams' screenplay (written shortly before his premature death in 2001) into an incredibly good looking film. Arthur Dent (Freeman) escapes Earth's demolition with his alien friend Ford Prefect (Def) by hitching a ride with the Vogons, only to be rescued by joyriding Galactic President Zaphod Beeblebrox (Rockwell) on dream ship the Heart of Gold. They head for mythical planet Magrathea. Minor niggles (mostly about characterisations and new characters) don't detract from the fact that this film is well worth the wait.

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