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January 11, 2009

The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy

Hitchhikers_guide_to_the_galaxy Douglas Adams’s popular novel comes to filmic life as Earthling Arthur Dent (Martin Freeman) hitches a ride into outer space with his alien pal Ford Perfect (Mos Def) when Earth is detonated to make way for a hyperspace bypass. Wacky aliens abound as Arthur and Ford hitch their way onto a stolen spacecraft with the bi-polar (two-headed) President of the Galaxy, Zaphod Beeblebrox (Sam Rockwell) and his American assistant Trillian (Zooey Deschanel).

Adams’s infectious and innocent British humor translates nicely in debut director Garth Jennings’s even-handed manipulation of the kind-hearted themes on hand.

“The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy” is an enjoyable sci-fi romp with a strong twist of self-effacing British raillery that children of all ages will get a charge from.

Rated PG-13. 110 mins. (B+) (Four Stars)


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