The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (2005) is a science fiction comedy film, an adaption of the classic book of the same title by Douglas Adams, which was originally a radio comedy on BBC. The film tries hard to stay true to the book and borrows some of its original comedy lines too.
The story is about Arthur Dent, whose house in Britain is going to be destroyed by the authorities for a bypass project. There comes his friend Ford Prefect, who is writing a book The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. The two escape earth just before it gets blown up by the contractors of an Alien species called Vogon. Arthur and Ford hitchhike onboard the ship of the president of the Galaxy, Zaphod Beeblebrox; there they find Tricia aka Trillian, an earth woman and Marvin, a sad robot. Together the four travel around the galaxy navigating from one obstacle to another. Did they finally reach home, what happens to the love between Arthur and Tricia, is the story.
I liked the visualization of the climax where a planet factory and assembly line gets shown. Fascinating. So was the Deep Thoughts answer to the “ultimate question of life, the universe and everything” to be “42”. Reminds me of the article by Isaac Asimov titled “The Last Question”.
A fun movie for every science fiction reader, both for those who have and have not read the book.