Too much of what passes for clever and anarchic in England’s mass media. It’s a sad statement that with such a fat stack of “production values” I didn’t realize until it was over that I had seen it before, with no idea where or when (and I have a tremendous memory for films). Mos Def was good. Martin Whatshisface played his usual nebbish arsehole. At least Nick & Garth’s mums can be proud; they’re such clever lads.
Listen I know this movie isn’t the best movie of all time and is flawed for lots of reasons, but I used to watch it almost every day when I was a kid and I love it more than anything. I just rewatched it last night and it holds up, it’s funny and smart and the cast is great. As I’ve grown up my one gripe is that Arthur dent is an awful character. Cowardly, selfish and entitled. Trillian deserves better.
2.4 stars. Lukewarm tea. There are some amicable enough elements - Fry is appropriately sage and wry as the voice of the Guide and Bill Bailey makes a perfectly flummoxed whale, but the whole thing feels smooth and airless, missing the fact that what makes the radio show, novels, IF game and TV series so effective are the very same things that make them awkward and unruly. In short, not enough digressions.
The unique source material makes this a above average science fiction comedy with excellent ensemble. The problem is that the film is too short and lacks many details and favorite moments for fans, but I liked it. Hell, even my brother who despises science fiction has said he liked it.