I'm way behind in my movie viewings. WAY behind. I only just recently watched The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and The Interpreter. I know, I know, they've been out forever. Whatever. Anyway, here's what I thought:
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
I'm a huge fan of Douglas Adams' books, so I was a bit leery of the film adaptation. However I loooooove Martin Freeman, Bill Nighy, and Sam Rockwell, so I decided to be optimistic. I wasn't disappointed. Now, let me say this: you can't take the books and truly translate them into movies, they're too chock-full of hilarity. But I do think that the film was a lovely homage to Adams' lunacy. Rockwell was the perfect Zaphod, and Martin was adorable as Arthur. What was my favorite part of the film? Hm. Toss-up between the dolphin song and Slartibartfast showing Arthur around Magrathea. All in all I give THGTTG a thumbs-up. Enjoy it as a silly interlude, don't think about the books.
I'm really bad about reading spoilers for films that I don't see immediately upon release. I held back on reading anything about this movie, though, because I was actually excited about seeing it. I just happened to take a really long time to finally watch it, that's all. But I digress.
This was another film that had a Fuzzball Favorite cast: Nicole Kidman, Sean Penn, Catherine Keener, Sydney Pollack in a cameo, it was all good. I was able to guess the ending pretty early on in the movie, but that didn't really bother me. I liked the subject matter, it was nice to see African politics getting a front seat ahead of Russia or the Middle East for a change. I thought that Penn was quite sexy, all growly and craggy. I know, I know, not the point of the film...I'm only human, people, work with me. I'm going to give this movie a thumbs-up as well. It's fairly predictable, but the cast was solid. An aside: I'm really looking forward to Sean Penn's upcoming remake of All the King's Men.