Thursday, April 28, 2005

Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy

After a slightly shaky start the film gets into it’s stride and by the time Bill Nighy appears as Slartibartfast it’s turned into a right good romp.

Part of the cast work well because they continue in the spirit of the actors from the Radio and TV series (Martin Freeman makes an excellent Arthur Dent and Stephen Fry is superb as the voice of the book etc), whilst others work as a departure from previous incarnations (Helen Mirren as the voice of Deep Thought and Mos Def as Ford Prefect being cases in point).

Parts of the film are laugh out loud funny, whereas other parts are a little strained – possibly because you bring so much history with you as a viewer.

Hammer and Tongs have triumphed however in their realisation of Marvin the morbidly depressed android. Anyone who is a fan of their video for Blur’s Coffee and TV will recognise the creative style that brought us Graham Coxon as a milk carton.

Definitely worth a trip to the cinema though. Hopefully if enough people go then there will be sequels and I can’t help feeling that now they’ve got into their stride that would be a good thing.

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