Short “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” review: I hope it’s not damning it with faint praise to say that it could have been worse.
Slightly longer review: Too many of the punchlines to jokes have been cut from the movie. For example, they have the setup of Zaphod stealing Trillian away from Arthur with the line, “Hi. Is this guy boring you? Why don’t you come with me? I’m from another planet. Want to see my spaceship?”
…but then, later, when they have Trillian and Arthur talking about it, they don’t show Trillian saying, “…but you have to admit, he did have a spaceship.” Argh.
Similar things happened a bit too often, so the movie felt somewhat unsatisfying to me. But overall, I did laugh out loud many times, and it’s delightful to see a big-budget version of Douglas Adams’ vision and most of his story on the big screen.