Understand this: the book that had the biggest impact on my life was The Hitchhiker's Guide to The Galaxy. My worldview - that the Earth is a silly place, and quite frankly, we'd all be better off living someplace else, was cemented after reading Douglas Adams' brilliantly funny novel back in high school. The Green Guy from the book's original cover is tattooed on my right shoulder blade. (I tried to include a picture, but the camera was not cooperating. Trust me - it's there. And I get compliments from everyone on it.)
So it was with some serious trepidation that I made plans with Ornery Haggis to go see it last night. The mostly positive reviews (written by critics who had read the book) buoyed my spirits.
And I was not disappointed.
I'll get this out of the way. Yes - it's different from the novel. In many ways. Most of them good. There are new characters, new planets, and new gags. The bad ways that it differs (namely, a love story that wasn't in the book) don't, as it so often happens, derail the movie.
But there are so many great moments - the Vogons, the Planet Factory Floor, the ill-fated whale, the Infinite Improbability Drive, the Guide itself. The film never loses it's sense of giddiness, and in the end, that's what counts. After all, as Ford Prefect would say, the Galaxy's a fun place. So thumbs up, and I look forward to the sequel.