42

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is a movie I’m still trying to figure out. I’ve been putting off this review for a long time, because I’m still unsure of how it’s supposed to make me feel. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is based on a British series of books. Which in turn is named after a fictional book also titled The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. A universal guide book to all things in the universe. The book series is probably popular in its home country, but I’ve never read it. The movie’s humor didn’t exactly click with me. Half the time I wasn’t sure if they were trying to be funny or not. As far as the plot goes, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is about last surviving man Arthur Dent. As the Earth was demolished by aliens called Vogans. Something about making room for some kind of space expressway. Everything else just felt more like a bunch of ideas mashed together. Like intelligent singing dolphins. There’s also a starship called the Heart of Gold that uses an “improbability drive.” A depressed robot called Marvin the Paranoid Android. A gun that makes you see things from a person’s perspective called a “Point-of-view gun.” As well as a supercomputer named Deep Thought that reveals the ultimate answer to life, the universe, and everything. Which is “42.” The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is just not my cup of tea.

Marvin the Paranoid Android and the crew

P.S. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is also the first movie to be released exclusively on DVD (without a VHS release).

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