Friday, March 27, 2009

Film Friday

This week's pick: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.
I am going to have to do this review a little different. The plot is actually kind of complex and I feel if I would try to explain it, it would end up a jumbled mess. Not to mention I cannot spell any of the names and places in the movie. So instead lets talk about the main characters.
Dolphins: Explained as the 2nd most intelligent beings on Earth- and have been aware of Earth's impending doom they have been trying to warn the humans, their warnings have been misinterpreted as tricks: "So long, and thanks for all the fish" (They leave Earth on their own)
Arthur Dent: Human, bummed out about his house (it is going to be pulled down to make room for a bypass) and a girl- who he met at a fancy dress party and totally blew it with. His closest friend, Ford, saves his life and they start hitchhiking the galaxy. Later he finds out he is the key, or rather his brain is, to the ultimate question.
Ford: Alien, from a planet in somewhere near Betelgeuse. A writer for the Hitchhikers guide. Arthur's close friend. 1/2 Brother/Cousin to Zaphod Beeblebrox (the President of the Galaxy)
Vogons: Creatures who first pick up Arthur and Ford, horrible poetry, and bureaucrats.
Trillion /Tricia McMilan: The girl Arthur totally blew it with at the fancy dress party. Girlfriend to Zaphod Beeblebrox, he picked her up with the line "Want to see my spaceship?" Unaware Earth has been destroyed, taking prisoner by the Vogons -accused of kidnapping the President of the Galaxy. Still likes Arthur, wants him to be more adventurous/brave.
Zaphod Beeblebrox: President of the Galaxy (only won because most people were unaware of what they were voting for) Dimwitted, signed the orders to destroy the earth (to make way for a superspace highway) with the phrase: "love and kisses, Zaphod" Has two heads (to get rid of the "unpresidental personality traits"
Marvin: Manically depressed robot. No one ever listens or heeds his advice.
Heart of the Universe: Space Ship Zaphod stole, one of the reasons the Vogons are pursuing them.
Deep Thought: A computer built to answer the ultimate question of the universe (Answer: 42). Knows the answer not the question, Zaphod is on a quest to get the question- for the fame.
Humma Kavula: Ran against Zaphod for President- remembered for his slanderous Don't vote for Stupid (Zaphod) Campagin. Has the coordinates for the planet where Deep Thought is- trades them for a point-of-view-gun that Zaphod must retrieve from that planet.
Mice: Earth built just for them, in order to find out the ultimate question. Humans think they are experimenting on them but it is actually the other way around.

They get in and out of several scraps, Zaphod gets dumber (if possible), Arthur gets braver, Trillion begins to release what type of man Zaphod is. Mostly I enjoyed the movie, some funny parts. I also love Zooey Deschannel in anything (who can rock bangs better than her? No one) Martin Freeman, always has a special place in my heart because of The Office. And fancy dress parties! How fun. Plus it is fun to check to make sure they have their towels (needed for space travel) in every scene.

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