Time Out says
We begin on Earth, where both Dent’s house and the entire planet are scheduled for demolition. Luckily for Dent, his alien friend Ford Prefect (a manic Mos Def) is there to aid his escape, so beginning a rapid journey through Adams’ imagination to Zaphod Beeblebox’s (Rockwell) spaceship, Humma Kavula’s (Malkovich) handkerchief-worshipping planet, Slartibartfast’s (Bill Nighy) planet-construction factory and some brilliantly designed, slothful and bureaucratic Vogons.
It’s a bit frenetic and cluttered, and it sometimes feels like a whirlwind tour of Adams’ ideas during which we’re not allowed to get off, take a breather and savour the view. Some dialogue is even garbled and incomprehensible. Still, all is forgiven during the film’s moments of comic or visual brilliance, such as the pronouncements of super-computer Deep Thought to a crowd wearing T-shirts bearing the slogan ‘Think deep!’ or when a sperm whale falls from the sky and considers the meaning of life. It’s not slick – and that’s a good thing. Rather, it’s like a fun and daring scrapbook – intermittently interesting but always inspired.
Cast and crew
Polly Jane Adams