The Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy

Cover Art and Menu: 7/10
Being neutral isn’t one of my mad skills, but sometimes I like to try something new to stretch the old synapses. I have no intellectual, emotional, or commercial reaction to this cover. Neutrality isn’t bad, it’s just what it is. The cover is ok, it could be more interesting, but once you see the movie you will have an urge to smile at it. That makes it functional I suppose, if not a wee bit bland.

Extras & Features: 7/10

  • Deleted Scenes – A few scenes that were trimmed and one extended scene. Do I really need to keep describing “Deleted Scenes” on these DVD reviews? I mean, what do we expect? Sometimes you get a boat load of scenes that may have actually changed the course of the story in a movie, but that’s rare. These scenes are not vital, they wouldn’t have changed anything if they had been left in, most likely they were cut for time reasons or because they repeat something that had already been said or shown. If you love the movie though, you gotta watch ’em!!
  • Fake Deleted Scenes – These are spoof deleted scenes that the director and performers put together in the spirit of skit type comedy bits. The cast of thise movie are easy enough to appreciate in their roles, but their added enthusiasm, enough to make these imitation scenes, makes them even more endearing to me. Funny stuff!
  • Additional Guide Entry – An extra animated entry from the guide about the wondrous babelfish. 🙂
  • Sing Along “So Long & Thanks For All The Fish” – I would love to say I didn’t waste my time sitting through this song while the lyrics taunted me with bouncing fish…..but I can’t say that. I watched, I sang, I enjoyed every last second of this musical interlude revisited through the miracle of DVD.
  • The Making Of The Movie – I always love a good “making of”. The DVD gods should make a list of rules for the folks who put the discs together that puts these little documentary extras a top priority in the quest for all that is good in the world. This one isn’t long or packed with tons of information, but it’s good enough for me. Anything that goes behind the scenes, even a little bit, makes my experience with a movie I enjoy that much better, and longer.
  • 2 Wholly Remarkable Commentaries – Love it! The people who make movies they love are the best ones to listen to when comes time for commentaries. Trust me on this, if you dig the movie you must watch it again and again with the commentary cranked up…it’s worth the extra few hours of your life.
  • Set Top Game – Again, I would like to say I didn’t give in to temptation. I would like to say I didn’t spend 30 minutes trying to figure out the four letter words, only to fail miserably each and every time, disarming, dislegging, and disembodying poor Marvin the robot, but I did. So, there ya go.

The Movie: 8/10:
Love it, hate it, love me, hate me, no matter what I say in this review some people are going to agree totally and some are going to think I’m an idiot. Either way I will start by saying this is one of THE best, most fun, most insightful, most enjoyable movies I have seen in a long long time. I laughed all the way through. I related to the theme of searching for THE answer to THE question to explain the meaning of life. I’m a believer.

I have never read the book so don’t get all huffy that I don’t sit here and pick the movie apart for the smallest of details they didn’t squeeze into the script. Don’t roll your eyes when I say I loved Arthur Dent and his quirky mostly wimpy partly brave persona. And please don’t email me telling me I totally didn’t “get it” and I should hate it for reasons a, b, and c…because I do get it and I didn’t hate it. I hope you can live with that.

From the moment of Earth’s total destruction to the discovery of various fantastic alien characters this story never stops being entertaining, but then there’s the other thing. The thing that makes this movie so appealing to me is the whimsical visual style mixed with the deeper theme of searching for the meaning of life. I am always interested in writer’s who explore that subject beyond the normal stale cultural standards. Not everyone wonders what the purpose of life is, but when faced with being the only living human left in the universe Arthur Dent really has no choice.

You can say this movie is kind of weird and has a lot of goofy stuff, which would be true. A guy, the president of the universe, has split his brain in two pieces and created a second head because as he has discovered in politics no president is allowed to have a whole brain…how true. The bureaucratic race of aliens require forms for everything and represent a quite repressed society. The original book was written by a dude from England so I feel the vibe of a bit of rebellion when it comes to these stuffy characters. They seem to have no real purpose in the universe (as a state employee I totally get it!) are a grotesque representation of every clerk in every license office we have all had the pleasure of wasting countless hours of our precious lives waiting in. Their planet is a place where if you have an idea or an individual thought you get a smack in the face. Hmmm

There isn’t a lot I can drone on about when it comes to this movie. I loved every moment of it. I laughed constantly. I was instantly endeared to every main character. The cast is wonderful. The visual effects, costumes, sets and editing all set the perfect tone. If you like a bit of goofy mixed with deep thinking, you will love this movie version of this classic book.

If you were in love with the book and think it shouldn’t be a movie, well, I don’t know what to tell you because I personally think it’s insane to limit a creative work and not explore it in different ways…but hey, if you are a loyalist to the written word I would say watch with an open mind or don’t watch at all.

Value: 8/10
This is one of those movies that may become one of your favorites or be a waste of your time. I own it, but you may want to rent it before making the twenty dollar investment. The disc isn’t packed with extras or anything, but the movie is a classic for me that I want to have at my finger tips at any time when I feel like laughing and contemplating the meaning of existence:)

Overall Score 8/10