The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Reviews
Although Hitchhiker starts out a total gas, it doesn't have enough fuel to sustain the ride, ultimately amounting to little more than some amusing gags strung together in search of a story.
It's impossible to dislike a film where the hero, a mild-mannered Englishman named Arthur Dent, traverses the universe in his bathrobe because Earth was destroyed before breakfast.
The long-awaited film adaptation of Douglas Adams' wildly popular 1970s radio series turned book series turned British television series keeps most of the concepts and humor intact.
The problem is not that the film debases the book but that movies themselves are too capacious a home for such comedy, with its tea-steeped English musings and its love of bitty, tangential gags.
Inheriting baggy source material, talky pic remains more smile-inducing than laugh-aloud funny and has pacing and coherence problems. Thankfully, strong visuals and sight gags punch up the package.