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Posted on 4/29/05 10:53 PM
It doesn't take long as a viewer of Garth Jennings' take on Douglas Adams' The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy to understand that this is a film that lives for the moment and has as little control over the direction of its course as the small group of travelers in the film have over their starship. Because of this trait, the film could likely go on for untold hours and entertain, but this aspect is also why it inevitably fails to achieve a notable permanence in the hearts of its audience. At first it seems like the movie is just about an unexceptional fellow named Arthur Dent (Martin Freeman of the hit British series "The Office") yanked into exceptional circumstances when he is spirited away from Earth at the moment of its destruction. At the end, Arthur's journey has instilled upon him a sense of adventure and a streak of boldness, but that hardly seems the point when his boldness thus far amounts to killing a couple rodents and a large part of the last act of the film focuses on three other characters in their own story arc. The story involves quirky and blithe views on technology, the realm of science fiction, bureaucracy, politics, philosophy, love, religion, and just about everything under the sun and in the known universe (including the universe itself). Really though, it isn't about any of those. It's about, as Adams' wrote, "hitching the length and breadth of the galaxy and still knowing where your towel is".
Not counting a musical number revolving around dolphins warning humanity of their impending doom. . .
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