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Year
2005
Runtime
109 min.
Director
Garth Jennings
Genres
Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi
Rating *
6.8
Votes *
131,814
Checks
19,247
Favs
1,062
Dislikes
280
Favs/checks
5.5% (1:18)
Favs/dislikes
4:1
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  1. dpanter's avatar

    dpanter

    Horrible adaptation failed to establish the tone of the books or the radio series. (2)

    Mos Def should definitely get a medal for somehow landing acting gigs when he is perfectly devoid of both talent and skill. Martin Freeman seems just confused all the time (possibly on purpose) but not at all like the Arthur Dent we know from the books. Sam Rockwell and John Malkovich however, are brilliant.

    I of course realize that this was always an impossible project. You could never do the books justice on screen, so they didn't try for a faithful adaptation. The general story is somewhat retained but in most areas, generous liberties were taken to make it work in a very shortened version, brutalized into a cinematic experience. Nice try, but doesn't really hold up.

    Perhaps I'm biased from having grown up with the books and they being personal favorites. Scratch 'perhaps', I'm definitely biased.

    Overall, it fails pretty horribly but it has some shining moments where you can forget the plethora of shortcomings and, if ever so briefly, really enjoy the unmistakable Douglas Adams humor. The universe robbed us of his brilliant comedy genius way too early and we are worse off for it.
    This movie should have been so much better, simply because he deserved it.
    6 years 7 months ago
  2. invisiblecities's avatar

    invisiblecities

    bill nighy totally steals the movie 4 years 6 months ago
  3. IreneAdler's avatar

    IreneAdler

    Totally crazy, liked it! :)

    Martin Freeman and Sam Rockwell were great, Marvin the robot was amazing! Lots of funny ideas and great thoughts, really entertaining and witty :)
    5 years 1 month ago
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