Mere seconds before the Earth is to be demolished by an alien construction crew, journeyman Arthur Dent is swept off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher penning a new edition of "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy."
For those whom have read the book(s), you will love this movie. Not because it's just like the book, but because it is just as entertaining and insane and outrageous. And it's probably not anything that you would have expected or pictured when reading the book. It's better.
Amazingly, it was not defiled by Hollywood like most great books are. It's crammed into 110 minutes, but it is probably the most odd, random and ridiculously funny 110 minutes of the year.
The cast is almost perfect. Mos Def is a better choice than i would of expected, Sam Rockwell is great (as usual), and I can't see anyone else better to play Arthur than Martin Freeman now that I have seen the film. Oh yeah, the 3 second cameo from Jason Schwartzman is superb.
Everyone has bad mornings. You wake up late, you stub your toe, you burn the toast...but for a man named Arthur Dent, this goes far beyond a bad day. When he learns that a friend of his is actually an alien with advanced knowledge of Earth's impending destruction, he is transported off the Earth seconds before it is exploded to make way for a new hyperspace motorway. And as if that's not enough, throw in being wanted by the police, Earth II, an insane electronic encyclopedia, no tea whatsoever, a chronically depressed robot and the search for the meaning of life, and you've got the greatest adventure off Earth.
Douglas Adams (book)
Douglas Adams (screenplay)
The Whale (voice)
Pub Customer (as Su Eliott)
Narrator/The Guide (voice)
Eddie the Computer (voice)
Source: Internet Movie Database