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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy was a lot of fun, but I have to confess I've been a bad geek and have never read the book. Although, I did hear some of the original BBC broadcast of both Hitchhiker's and the entirety of some audio presentation of Restaurant at the End of the Universe. So I can give a half-assed geek-purist review.

What's great about the movie is the presentation of all the hilarious little side-note entries from the Guide itself, such as the babelfish and Vogon poetry. What's not that great was the weird interpretation of Zaphod's two heads, Marvin's Playskool-looking design and some pretty darn mediocre acting. It's a funny movie overall and I laughed, but I wouldn't say run out and see it.

BSR (Base Show Rating): 6/10
Applicable Modifiers:
  • +1 if you like Jim Henson's work. The Vogons looked cool.
  • -1 if you want something very faithful to the books (from what I understand, it was changed quite a bit
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