Everyone Hates Me

A Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy

I watched Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy (aka HGTTG) on Saturday afternoon at the cinemas with my brother. I've already read the first two books and thoroughly enjoyed them (the others are on the way), however my brother was a HGTTG virgin, I took him knowing he shared a similar sense of humour to me, so would probably like it... Contrary to a lot of the press I've read, the film is actually very funny... This goes both for bits taken from the book and bits that are film only. The audience had an age rage from young kids to middle aged couples, and I'm pretty sure they were all laughing. Both Lemon and I was laughing really hard at parts of the film. In terms of things like character development and plot building the movie was a little..strange. For example for what seems like no reason what so ever there was a large scene featuring Zaphods presidancy rival, that basically, never got finished. Also the Heart of Gold, managed to improbably appear right where the drivers wished to go each time..I thought that Ford (played by Mos Def) was a bit of a weak character - he seemed slightly superfluous to me. The star of the show has to be Alan Rickman who played Marvin, his character was the one which raised most laughs from the audience, Rickmans voice was very well suited for the role too. Compared to the book the film doesn't do too well, many of the books most funny moments haven't been saved for the big screen, and the jokes that the movie version adds aren't all strong enough, to pull the movie and books level. Saying that both me and my brother laughed lots at the film, it helps if you have the Adams kind of humour, without it the film will probably be not recieved to well. Big fans of the book may be dissapointed too, luckily for me it was a few months ago since I read it...