May 29, 2005
Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
We saw The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy this weekend, and it was GREAT! Just before Earth is destroyed by an alien wrecking crew, a human is rescued by a friendly alien who teaches him the secrets to hitch hiking throughout the galaxy. Superb job of filming an almost impossible story to visualize. The alien creatures were created by the Jim Henson's Creature Shop and they are original and funny. The president of the galaxy is a narcissistic idiot played by Sam Rockwell who adds flourish to his character via a George W. Bush accent that is dead on. I don't know if the accent was the director's idea or if it was something thought up by Sam Rockwell, but whoever thought it up is a genius. I don't think I can say enough good things about this film. Mos Def is amazing as Ford Prefect, the alien who saves the human, Arthur Dent. He was so good that I was halfway through the film before I realized it was Mos Def, and I even read something before seeing the movie that said he was in the film - that's good. Martin Freeman, best known for his portrayal of Tim in The Office, is great as the surviving human, Arthur. I loved Marvin the depressed robot played by Alan Rickman. Rickman delivered his voice over with amusing woe, if there can be such a thing. Marvin is the Eeyore of robots. We even went home humming, "So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish"- what a fun song! I have two confessions to make. The first is that I have not read the book, but it's now on my list, and the second is that I hope they market the Marvin robot and I hope it talks!