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The Hitchhiker's Guide To the Galaxy
Martin Freeman, Mos Def, Bill Nighy, Zooey Deschannel, Alan Rickman, Stephen Fry, Helen Mirren
Dir: Garth Jennings

Hitchhiker's Guide
to the Galaxy

Voted third in Britain's "Big Read" competition to find the nation's most popular novel, The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy - and its subsequent follow on novels - remains at the very heart of Science Fiction satire. The long awaited movie adaptation, therefore, needed to appeal devotees and new audiences alike, as we follow the adventures of the luckless Arthur Dent (Freeman) who wakes one morning to discover that his house is about to be destroyed so that a by-pass can be built, and that the Earth is about to be destroyed so that Vorgons can build an Inter-Galactic Hyperspace Expressway through that bit of the galaxy.

Just escaping obliteration thanks to his friend Ford Prefect (Def), several pints of bitter and some peanuts, Arthur comes into contact with some weird and strangely endearing characters as he searches the answer to the meaning of the life, the universe and everything - oh, and a decent cup of tea.

Inspired in the main by the hit TV series (which was itself drawn from a hugely popular radio adaptation), ardent followers of the novels will be pleasantly surprised at just how faithful the story remains to the original. In fact, it would be true to say, in light of the stunning special effects and mastery of an all-star cast, the original is actually reinvigorated in this adaptation.

Martin Freeman (nice guy Tim from TVs 'The Office') is at his understated best playing Dent, the man who is trying to understand the craziness that is the universe, whereas Sam Rockwell is suitably overstated as Zaphod Beeblebrox, Two-headed (faced) Galactic President and universal rogue.

Insightful, clever and, above all, funny, the whole movie emanates with a charisma and charm with which the late author, Douglas Adams, would be proud to be associated.



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