The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (movie)—Improbable Fun

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy movie poster
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy movie is a science fiction comedy that follows Englishman Arthur Dent and alien Ford Prefect after the Earth has been destroyed to make way for a hyperspace bypass. The movie is punctuated with humorous asides from the titular Hitchhiker’s Guide, which Ford writes for.

1—Beginning Again After the End of the World

Arthur wakes up to find bulldozers outside his house. Shortly thereafter, the Earth is surrounded by a Vogon Constructor Fleet and destroyed. But before that destruction, Ford and Arther hitch a ride on one of the spaceships—and shortly after that, they’re captured and subjected to Vogon poetry. After then getting tossed out of an airlock, Ford and Arthur are improbably rescued by Zaphod Beeblebrox, the President of the Galaxy who has stolen a ship with an improbability drive and kidnapped himself, and Trillian, a girl Arthur met once at a costume party. The improbable adventures continue from there.

2—Pretty Funny

I liked most of the humor in the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, of which there are many sorts—slapstick, situational, absurdist, etc. I think I enjoyed the absurdist entries the most. There were a couple of sappy moments that stuck out to me as not quite fitting the tone of the rest of the movie, but I can overlook those.

3—Rest in Peace

Sadly, Douglas Adams, creator of the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy—which started life as a radio play and has since been adapted to numerous media—died before production began. The movie is dedicated to him.


The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy was fun and I enjoyed it, but it wasn’t my favorite. My best friend says the books are better and I’ll read them eventually (I have so many books in my to-be-read pile). But yeah, I’d watch it again.

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