The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Garth Jennings (2005)

104min
PG Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Don't Panic! This long-awaited adaptation of Douglas Adams's classic BBC radio series/book/TV series finally makes it to the big screen without sacrificing any of its late creator's jovially lugubrious vision. Martin Freeman stars as put-upon everyman Arthur Dent who, in the company of extraterrestrial friend Ford Prefect (rapper Mos Def), escapes the Earth moments before it's demolished to make way for a hyperspace bypass. Armed with Ford's copy of the eponymous guide - a PDA travelogue voiced by Stephen Fry - Arthur tries to make sense of a universe in which aliens recite brain-mangling verse, sperm whales fall from the sky while pondering the nature of existence and a paranoid android (voiced by Alan Rickman) copes with depression. Although signs of Hollywood studio tampering are in evidence - the clumsy love story between Arthur and space girl Trillian (Zooey Deschanel) - director Garth Jennings stays true to the oddity at the heart of this quintessentially British space odyssey.

Summary

A thoroughly ordinary man is hurled into an intergalactic adventure when Earth is destroyed to make way for a hyperspace bypass. Luckily, his friend, who turns out to be an alien, gives him a handy travel guide to help him make sense of the universe. Sci-fi comedy based on Douglas Adams' classic series, with Martin Freeman, Bill Nighy, Mos Def, Zooey Deschanel and Sam Rockwell. Stephen Fry is the guide's narrator.

Cast & Crew

Arthur Dent Martin Freeman
Slartibartfast Bill Nighy
Zaphod Beeblebrox Sam Rockwell
Ford Prefect Mos Def
Trillian Zooey Deschanel
Marvin Warwick Davis
Narrator/The Guide Stephen Fry
Reporter Kelly Macdonald
Humma Kavula John Malkovich
Deep Thought Helen Mirren
The Whale Bill Bailey
Director Garth Jennings
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Buena VistaAvailable on: video, DVD and Blu-ray
Drama Comedy