Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, the - Thanks for all the laughs
| I remember reading Douglas Adams' The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy when I was younger and the thing I remember the most is that it made me laugh out loud. When I went in to see the long awaited film adaptation, I didn't go in with any expectations about adapting characters or plot lines. All I was expecting was to laugh a lot, and basically I did.
Now I am not one to laugh at people falling down, eating gross things or making silly sexual innuendo. I usually prefer my jokes to be a little more sophisticated than what the Ferrelley Brothers provide. However I still like to laugh out loud and so I enjoy it when a movie that doesn't insult my intelligence can also make me role on the floor. It doesn't happen too often, but when it does, as in Best in Show, I become a big fan and continue to laugh at those same old jokes for a long time to come.
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy doesn't spend too much time developing the story; it just lets the characters loose and lets the jokes start flying. This is fortunate since it's the humour that makes this whole project, whether in book or cinematic form. Especially on target is Sam Rockwell who does what Robin Williams wishes he could. Check it out to see what I mean. Rarely did a minute pass when I wasn't laughing and I figure that makes good comedy.
Now there are comedies which do a lot more than simply make the audience laugh and there is place for those films too, however that is not what this adaptation is about. Sure there is a great deal of satire on British (and general Western) society, although much less than the book, but this film is really all about having a great laugh.
I went into The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy expecting to laugh and I did and then some. I figure I got all my money's worth. However the film would loose nothing in the experience of watching it at home so for those who aren't in a rush, waiting for DVD would be fine. Either way you'll have a good time.