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Movie Review: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Alternate Title: So Long and Thanks for all the Fish

Story: Beam me up, Scottie! If you like imaginative, often silly, visually delightful romps through the galaxy then beam on over to see this funny film directed by music video veteran Garth Jennings.The author and screenwriter of the vastly popular book and series, Douglas Adams, sadly died before he saw his vision come to the big screen.

All of Earth is destroyed to make way for a super highway through the galaxy except for our accidental hero and a chick he met at a costume party a few weeks before. His adventures, along with his alien pal Ford Prefect, the president of the galaxy, Zaphod Beelebrox and a clinically depressed robot named Marvin are what this film is all about. They story is told through vignettes as they travel the Galaxy meeting all types of creatures in attempts to solve galactic conundrums. There's a lot of running around, silly escapes and occasional lags in the story.

It is best if you leave all earthly beliefs and truths at the door if you want to enjoy this film. There are some great laughs and solid visual effects.

Acting: I am not sure what we see up on the screen is acting. There's running, acting scared, gazing and some really good one liners. That being said, I did enjoy the voice of Alan Rickman as the robot, Sam Rockwell's mania, Martin Freeman's British cool and Zooey Deschanel's pluck. The Jim Hensen workshop created characters were hysterical.

Predilection: I like outer space.

Critters: Oh my! So many wonderful critters. The film opens with a great sequence about dolphins. Along the way we see mice, whales, birds, fish and some that are not of this earth.

Food: Lots of food on earth. Not much to eat in outer space.

Soundtrack: A terrific soundtrack with a toe-tapping beginning and ending song, So long, and thanks for all the fish!

Opening Titles: Cool

Visual Art: Everywhere

Theater Audience: Three other galactic wanderers and us.

Quirky Meter: 7

Squirm Scale: 0 (although some might find the end of the world squirmy).

Drift Factor: I did not really drift but the middle did get repetitive.

Predictability Level: I did not read the book so I did not have a clue where this film was headed.

Oscar Worthy: Perhaps some technical nods are deserved along with the song.

Soap Box: In today's political climate, any other planet looks good to me.

Nit Picking: The films episodic tone tended to make it meander too often. Some of the visuals reminded me of Star Trek's The Borg or other outer space films.

Big Screen or Rental: Big screen for sure.

Length: Under two hours.