James Milstead’s review published on Letterboxd:
THE HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY (12)
D: Garth Jennings
Touchstone/Spyglass/Hammer & Tongs (Gary Barber, Roger Birnbaum, Nick Goldsmith, Jay Roach & Jonathan Glickman)
W: Douglas Adams & Karey Kirkpatrick [based on the novel by Douglas Adams]
DP: Ivor Jadue-Lillo
Ed: Niven Howie
Mus: Joby Talbot
PD: Joel Collins
Martin Freeman (Arthur Dent), Mos Def (Ford Prefect), Sam Rockwell (Zaphod Beeblebrox), Zooey Deschanel (Trillian), Warwick Davies (Marvin), Alan Rickman (voice of Marvin), John Malkovich (Humma Kavula), Bill Night (Slartibartfast)
Unless you've read the book, chances are the events in this film will sail right over your head. I've not read the book, always intended to, but unfortunately this adaptation has provided a huge disservice to Douglas Adams' cult classic prose, and now I no longer want to.
Previously adapted for radio, the narrative possibly works better for that medium.
The story begins on Earth, where Arthur Dent's house and indeed the entire planet are scheduled for demolition. Fortunately for Arthur, his best friend is Ford Prefect, an alien who aids his escape. The rest of the story is a manic journey through the imagination of Douglas Adams, including bureaucratic aliens, planet construction factories and a two-headed space pirate.
John Carpenter's 1974 cult movie Dark Star was equally as zany but infinitely more enjoyable.
Read the book, listen to the original radio broadcast or watch one of the TV adaptations instead and cast this film aside to the far reaches of the universe.