‘Hitch Hikers Guide’: 42 is the answer, but can they find the question?



“The Hitchhiker’s Guide to The Galaxy” opens with a warning from the dolphins of the world, in the form of the song “So Long and Thanks For All The Fish,” a song that feels like there should be high-kicking rockettes performing it instead of flying dolphins fleeing the earth. After the song, the film moves into a glimpse of the life of Arthur Dent (Martin Freeman), a sad sack of a human. In the beginning of the movie, Arthur walks outside his house to find a demolition company waiting to tear down his home to make way for a freeway bypass. Luckily before the construction company can run him over with a bulldozer, his friend Ford Perfect (Mos Def) shows up with a shopping cart full of booze to distract the construction workers and give him some very important information about the state of the world. He reveals that he is not from Earth and that the world is about to end. He and Arthur need to get off the planet quickly, and this is where their adventure begins.

We find a very shocked and confused Arthur and a calm and collected Ford have escaped the Earth and are sent into one daring adventure after another. They end up traveling with Zaphod Beeblebrox (Sam Rockwell), the president of the universe who has kidnapped himself and stolen a powerful star-ship. The ships computer, Eddie (voiced by Thomas Lennon), has such a sunny disposition even in the most dire of events you could get a sun burn, and who’s helper robot Marvin (voiced by Allan Rickman), is manically depressed with a “why bother” attitude about life. The group goes looking for the big question, as they are being chased by Vogons, the bureaucrats and life forms that destroyed Earth to make way for a galactic highway.

The movie has stunning graphics and visuals that will linger with you long after you see the movie, like when you see shots of the characters flying past plants that look like you could reach out and touch them, or when Marvin looks depressed he really looks depressed, in some scenes, you even begin to forget he is animated. Another thing that adds a lot to the movie is the wonderful costume and set work that truly make you feel you are in another world. The movie is so well-acted and the visuals are so good that you forget you are watching a movie; it pulls you in and makes you feel like you are a part of the story.

By the end of the movie, you feel as if you have just gone on the wildest adventure of your life. This movie was so worth the time and the money, you also learn a lot of things, like how “42” is the answer to all your problems and towels are an awesome tool that can help you out in any situation. To learn more about the number 42 and proper use of a towel, please proceed to your nearest box office and check out “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.”