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The hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy (pg, 108mins) comedy/sci-fi/romance. Martin Freeman, Sam Rockwell, Mos Def, Zooey Deschanel, Bill Nighy, John Malkovich and the voices of Alan Rickman, Stephen Fry, Bill Bailey.

Dedicated to the memory of its creator, Douglas Adams, who shares a screenwriting credit with Karey Kirkpatrick, The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy is an energetic tribute to the great man and his zany imagination.

Unfortunately, for all its visual invention and occasional strokes of genius, Garth Jenning's film is rather muddled and, fittingly perhaps, scatter-brained.

Many of Adams' flights of fantasy are crammed into the 108-minute intergalactic in·ter·ga·lac·tic  
adj.
Being or occurring between galaxies: intergalactic space.



in
 flight time but at the expense of coherence and fluidity.

Arthur Dent (Freeman) makes a startling discovery: Planet Earth is about to be vaporised by the Vogons to make way for a hyperspace hyperspace - /hi:'per-spays/ A memory location that is *far* away from where the program counter should be pointing, often inaccessible because it is not even mapped in. (Compare jump off into never-never land.  bypass.

Beaming on to a passing spacecraft with his best friend Ford Prefect (Mos Def), who turns out to be an alien in cognito, Arthur eventually finds himself in the company of the president of the galactic government Zaphod Beeblebrox (Rockwell), a paranoid android An open platform for cellphones from the Open Handset Alliance (OHA). Based on Linux, Android includes a library of Java classes for building mobile applications.

Android and GPhone
 called Marvin (voiced by Rickman), and the only other human survivor Trillian (Deschanel).

Aboard Zaphod's state-of-the-art spaceship, the Heart of Gold, the hapless adventurers embark on a journey of a lifetime, encountering a menagerie of strange beings.

En route, Arthur discovers a towel might just be the most useful item in the universe and that if he ever gets stuck, he can always refer to The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy (voiced by Fry).

The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy begins promisingly with a dolphin song and dance number that perfectly captures Adams's irreverent sense of humour Noun 1. sense of humour - the trait of appreciating (and being able to express) the humorous; "she didn't appreciate my humor"; "you can't survive in the army without a sense of humor"
sense of humor, humor, humour
.

Special effects are impressive throughout. The Guide is now a smart computer laptop complete with cutesy cute·sy  
adj. cute·si·er, cute·si·est Informal
Deliberately or affectedly cute; precious: a cutesy boutique for children's fashions.
 graphics and Fry performs pitch perfect commentary - and there are some great set pieces like the surreal sight of a giant sperm whale (Bailey) falling through the air to its doom.

Freeman exerts an undeniable charm and innocence as Arthur.

Mos Def is also sporadically amusing as Ford Prefect, Deschanel makes something out of her nothing supporting role and Marvin is adorable.

Unfortunately, from the moment Rockwell gallops on to the screen, with the swagger and shiny couture of a faded rock star, the film never achieves light speed.

Two heads are not, as the saying goes, better than one.

SWEARING; NO SEX; VIOLENCE
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Apr 29, 2005
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