The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Garth Jennings | 2005 | ★★★
When The Earth is destroyed to make way for a hyperspace expressway, Arthur Dent, a tea-obsessed, pyjama-clad middle-Englander, is whisked off to space by his friend Ford Prefect, who just so happens to be an inter-galactic travel writer, on Earth doing research for the eponymous guide. Before long, the two of them find themselves on a quest to discover the truth about life, the universe, and everything, in the company of the fugitive president of the galaxy (who is wanted for kidnapping himself), his human girlfriend, and their chronically depressed robot. Putting greater emphasis on romance, action, adventure, and suspense, this version of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy falls quite some way short of its predecessors. Never the less, there is still enough of Douglas Adams’s brilliant wit, bolstered by a good cast and excellent effects work, to more than hold the attention throughout.