Alisa and I caught Hitchhikers’ Guide to the Galaxy this weekend. I really like it. You could like it to, as long as you do one thing (no, it’s not “Don’t panic.”): don’t take it seriously at all. If you can do this, then the movie should be an utterly zany and very funny experience. If you can’t, it’ll probably be frustrating and annoying. Which sucks for you.
I’m not going to go into great detail, but the acting is great (go, Mos Def!), the production design is a solid combination of old and new school effects, and the story makes no sense but in a completely fun way, and the Guide‘s graphics are clean, sharp, and very well designed (for the entertainment purposes of a movie; Shynola is the British animation company responsible for them). There’s a tacked-on romance that falls just short of Neo and Trinity’s completely ham-fisted romance from the first Matrix movie in terms of horrible train-wreck narrative flow, but in a klutzy, drunk-at-a-wedding way that makes you feel uncomfortable, waiting for it to play itself out. Fortunately, it’s not a big component of the film.
Go see it! It’s fun. End of story. Also, there’s probably going to be a sequel based on The Restaurant at the End of the Universe.
Ad Exec Review: Don’t Panic
MPAA Review: Thematic Elements, Action and Mild Language