The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy

Written by Tamika Johnson

'The Hitchhikers Guide torepparttar Galaxy' hadrepparttar 137015 potential to berepparttar 137016 best movie ofrepparttar 137017 year. And yes, I sincerely mean that. Really, look at all it had going for it: itís based on a classic book that has a cult following that could rivalrepparttar 137018 'Lord ofrepparttar 137019 Rings' trilogy. A very funny and talented cast that includes Tim Freeman (BBC hit series 'The Office') as everyman Arthur Dent, Sam Rockwell asrepparttar 137020 two headed, split brain, charming President ofrepparttar 137021 Galaxy Zaphod Beeblevrox, Alan Rickman asrepparttar 137022 voice ofrepparttar 137023 paranoid android Marvin who incidentally resembles an oversized storm trooper and Mos Def asrepparttar 137024 quirky and lovable, towel wielding alien and author ofrepparttar 137025 guide, Ford Perfect. Throw inrepparttar 137026 fact that Jim Hensonís Puppet Shop created all ofrepparttar 137027 aliens and creatures inrepparttar 137028 film so none of them end up looking like bad CGI you should have a innovative, funny, and ingenious movie on your handsÖ.but thatís not what happened, not quite anyway.

'Hitchhiker' ultimately gets bogged down in its own grandness. Thereís just too much stuff. There are too many aliens, too many crazy sets, too many gadgets that have to be figured out and just too much going on to really have time to digest it all. The obvious meticulous care that was taken to bring this visually stunning world to life happened atrepparttar 137029 expense of true character and plot development.

We donít getrepparttar 137030 opportunity to know more about Ford Perfect, or why Zaphod has such a problem with Humma Kavula (John Malkovich) or even why Humma Kavula wantsrepparttar 137031 gun he sends Zaphod after. We get very brief explanations as to why Zaphod has two heads and how he managed to become president ofrepparttar 137032 galaxy given his questionable intelligence quotient. Andrepparttar 137033 movie spends an excessive amount of time explainingrepparttar 137034 Vogons a very bureaucratic and disagreeable species of aliens that spend much ofrepparttar 137035 movie chasingrepparttar 137036 heroes but not enough screen time to warrant allrepparttar 137037 details on who they are and what they are like. I would have rather more explanation ofrepparttar 137038 relationship between Arthur and Ford or perhaps Arthurís love interest Tricia (Zooey Deschanel) and her relationship with Zaphod.

Beauty Shop

Written by Tamika Johnson

Beauty Shop tellsrepparttar story of Gina (Queen Latifah) as she moves to Atlanta so her daughter can go to an exclusive music school. She finds a job as a stylist at a high end salon but after a confrontation with her boss leaves and opens her own beauty shop.

Beauty Shop doesnít quite rise torepparttar 137014 occasion as it repackages and regurgitates characters, themes and plots that we have seen before. It is one thing to tell a story that has previously been done yet bring something new to what may be an overdone but entertaining storyline and it is another to retell a story and not bring anything new torepparttar 137015 table at all. Beauty Shop falls intorepparttar 137016 latter category and suffers greatly for it.

The main problem with Beauty Shop is that it is Barber Shop with women. Fromrepparttar 137017 plot twists torepparttar 137018 characters insiderepparttar 137019 shop, it isrepparttar 137020 exact same movie as Barbershop except with Queen Latifah atrepparttar 137021 helm instead of Ice Cube. There isrepparttar 137022 funny, familial and penny pinching boss, Gina (Queen Latifah). There isrepparttar 137023 misguided, yet full of potential stylist in training, Darnelle (Keshia Knight-Pulliman). Thereísrepparttar 137024 arrogant, know it all stylist who is a pain in everyoneís side, Chanel (Golden Brooks). Thereísrepparttar 137025 novice stylist of a different race that canít get any business, Lynn (Alicia Silverstone) and finally thereísrepparttar 137026 opposite sex stylist who isrepparttar 137027 only one of his kind inrepparttar 137028 salon, James (Bryce Wilson). Add to thatrepparttar 137029 money problems, someone trying to take overrepparttar 137030 business andrepparttar 137031 possibility thatrepparttar 137032 shop may have to close for good and you haverepparttar 137033 same movie, same story without any added flare. You even haverepparttar 137034 character that hawks their goods atrepparttar 137035 shop: in Barbershop it was a man selling bootleg CDs and DVDs and in Beauty Shop it is a woman selling catfish and monkey bread. The concept of being original must have never crossedrepparttar 137036 writerís minds.

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