The movie stars Martin Freeman, Sam Rockwell, Mos Def, Zooey Deschanel with voice-acting supplied by Stephen Fry and Alan Rickman. Progress report, rabies and gentleman, I call that a formidable cast. Minus a few and underline a couple, but overall, everything is seeming like smooth-sailing. It definitely helps that The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is a widely-acclaimed book. I actually wanted to take the time out to read it prior to watching the movie, but opted for different pastures. In other-words, if I wanted to read the book and watch the movie in time to do a review of the movie for Science-Fiction month, I would have to read it in about eight days, and also finish the book that I am reading now. (Reading two books simultaneously feels like a blasphemy for some reason.)
I will eventually read the book, and after watching the movie, I am looking forward to it, and somewhere down the line, I will summarize my thoughts for each and every one of you. (except you)
The story begins as Arthur Dent discovers that his house to be immediately demolished in-order to make room for a bypass. While he desperately attempts to delay the bulldozers, his friend convinces him to go to the pub with him. Once t here, Ford explains that he is an alien from a planet in the vicinity of Betelgeuse, and that Earth is soon to be destroyed by Vogons to make room for a hyperspace bypass. We backtrack to a scene with Arthur and Tricia McMillan where Arthur misses his chance to get with her. Oh, and, uh, where we were? The planet is destroyed. The Earth booms allover the place and that's that, and then, uh, some shenanigans ensues.
The film definitely has a stylish light-heart charm from the beginning to the end, and that is a lot of the reason why I am excited about reading the book. Unfortunately, it's long-winded and shown in a way that made me become dull to the movie very fast. It never had the opportunity to breath. It had one thing, then the other, followed by something else, all in a matter of minutes. While the acting is in capable hands, one of the problems is with the dialogue. I have no doubt that they likely upheld a lot of specific moments from the source material. Some of the exchanges look like they would have been enjoyable if I read them out of a book, but here, the written humor is lost, and it feels like the cogs are turning and the actors are going through the motions of a weird story.
Humor is one of the most important things in my life. (Pathetic, isn't it?) Particularly, I have been told that I have a very out-there sense of humor. And so, I assure you that my bizarre-dar was going off, but the little blips didn't stay long enough for me to get a good look at them. Or, ... uh ... every time that they had a joke, they would tell a joke similar to that one, followed by another. By the end of it, we have all of these jokes and I haven't even fully digested the first one. A lot of them are definitely hit or miss as well, some of them are outlandish, but some of them, I legitimately can't see why they are supposed to be funny.
For every step that they take forward, they take two steps back.
Others have described the movie as having a long-beginning and an end. That is a fair assessment. Ultimately, it doesn't come off as a consistent-narrative. It isn't a complete narrative. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is a loosely thought concept held together by hit-and-miss humor. This is the kind-of movie that the very second that it stops being funny, the rest is almost doomed to fail. It could have worked. If done differently, it could have worked. It isn't that the ideas are bad, but that the delivery was long-winded. It could have worked, but it didn't.
I will say that it no doubt makes me interesting to read the book. That's something...
Thanks for reading.