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The movie’s biggest mistake is to assume that everyone who goes to see this movie has read book. Not only is that presumptuous but it is disastrous to continuity of film That sort of thinking is used as an excuse to not fill in many holes in film’s story. The movie assumes. “They’ll already know that,” so it doesn’t take time to explain some necessary details that are unfamiliar with 'Hitchhiker.' If you have never read book, or like myself haven’t read book in many, many moons you can end up confused or with more questions then movie even begins to answer. 'Hitchhiker' should stand on its own assuming that everyone who enters theatre is a blank slate and knows nothing of book and unfortunately it just doesn’t do that.
Also some of actors’ performances are a bit questionable. Rockwell’s performance as Zaphod is a bit campy and over top. Marvin, while funny in his roll as a highly intelligent yet depressive and cynical android, becomes a bit repetitive and boring. And relationship between Arthur and Tricia seems more like brother and sister then a romantic one. As a matter of fact I can’t figure out why they like each other since they mix about as well as oil and water, there is absolutely no chemistry there.
Don’t get me wrong there is plenty to like about 'Hitchhiker.' The Vogons are hilarious, and there is running bit with a towel that provides more then a few chuckles. Bill Nighy ('Love Actually') as a designer planet architectural engineer is by far best role in film. Part sci-fi, part comedy and part love story, 'The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Galaxy' isn’t a bad way to spend your afternoon, even if it doesn’t quite live up to expectations set by Adams’ famed book.
Tamika Johnson is a freelance writer and owner of PrologueReviews.com. To read more reviews by Tamika or to have your book, music or film reviewed visit http://www.prologuereviews.com