Film & DVD Review: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (2005)

Australia:PG / Canada:G (British Columbia/Quebec) / Canada:PG (Alberta/Manitoba/Nova Scotia/Ontario) / Ireland:12A / UK:PG / USA:PG
Duration: 110 min

Reviewed by Terry Burgoyne

Summary

Seconds before the Earth is to be demolished by a Vogon construction crew, Arthur Dent is swept off Earth by his friend Ford Prefect, an alien researcher for the new edition of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

Review

At first the thought of reviewing this film seemed impossible. Having been a fan of the the books for many years it seemed a huge task to be impartial, especially knowing that the story had been changed to suit the Big Screen. Yet I loved it!

This is a very clever and funny version of the first book by Douglas Adams. It had a magical effect on everyone attending the preview. As the film began we were all smiling and as it progressed we were getting fits of the giggles. I cannot stress enough just how good this film is. Even the new parts which were not in the books fit so well with the story.

My one minor complaint is with the Marvin Robot character. He looks like a Robosapien – far too cool to be depressed or paranoid. Apart from that all the cast are excellent and hopefully are already signed-up for the films of the other four books in the ‘trilogy’.

I think that this film will appeal to fans of the original books and hitchhiking virgins. Mr Adams would be very proud and satisfied that his legacy is in good hands. Grab your towel, don’t panic and jump on for a very enjoyable ride!

Full Cast and Crew for The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (2005)

Directed by Garth Jennings

Writing credits (WGA) Douglas Adams (book)

Douglas Adams (screenplay) and Karey Kirkpatrick (screenplay)

Cast (in credits order)

  • Bill Bailey …. The Whale (voice)
  • Anna Chancellor …. Questular Rontok
  • Warwick Davis …. Marvin
  • Mos Def …. Ford Prefect
  • Zooey Deschanel …. Trillian
  • Su Elliot …. Pub Customer (as Su Eliott)
  • Martin Freeman …. Arthur Dent
  • Stephen Fry …. Narrator (voice)
  • Richard Griffiths …. Jeltz (voice)
  • Dominique Jackson …. Fook
  • Simon Jones …. Ghostly Image
  • Thomas Lennon …. Eddie the Computer (voice)
  • Mark Longhurst …. Bulldozer Driver
  • Kelly Macdonald …. Reporter
  • John Malkovich …. Humma Kavula
  • Ian McNeice …. Kwaltz (voice)
  • Helen Mirren …. Deep Thought (voice)
  • Bill Nighy …. Slartibartfast
  • Steve Pemberton …. Mr. Prosser/Additional Vogon Voices (also as The League of Gentlemen)
  • Alan Rickman …. Marvin (voice)
  • Sam Rockwell …. Zaphod Beeblebrox
  • Mark Gatiss …. Additional Vogon Voices (as The League of Gentlemen)
  • Reece Shearsmith …. Additional Vogon Voices (as The League of Gentlemen)
  • Jack Stanley …. Lunkwill
  • Mak Wilson …. Vogon Interpreter (voice)
  • Albie Woodington …. Barman
  • Mason Ball …. Creature Performer
  • Sarah Bennett …. Creature Performer
  • Danny Blackner …. Creature Performer
  • Hayley Burroughs …. Creature Performer
  • Cecily Fay …. Creature Performer (as Cecily Faye)
  • Ian Kay …. Creature Performer
  • Nigel Plaskitt …. Creature Performer
  • Lynn Robertson Bruce …. Creature Performer (as Lynne Robertson Bruce)
  • Jerome Blake …. Vogon Soldier
  • Dan Ellis …. Vogon Soldier Rest of cast listed alphabetically
  • Tim Perrin …. Vogon Soldier
  • Tucker Stevens …. Vogon Soldier
  • Ben Uttley …. Vogon Soldier
  • Patrick Walker …. Vogon Soldier
  • Polly Jane Adams …. London Citizen (uncredited)
  • Jane Belson …. Extra (uncredited)
  • Ray Donn …. Humma Worshiper (uncredited)
  • John Gomez …. TV News Reporter (uncredited)
  • Susie Gossling Valerio …. Daewoo Driver (uncredited)
  • Rich Johnston …. Congregation (uncredited)
  • Mark Stevenson …. Native American (uncredited)
  • James Thrift …. London Citizen (uncredited)
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