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Be Kind Rewind

Posted in Comedy, Movie Reviews with tags , , , , , , , on July 30, 2017 by Mystery Man

PLOT:

Jerry is a junkyard worker who attempts to sabotage a power plant that he believes is melting his brain. But, when his plan goes awry, the magnetic field that he creates accidentally erases all of the videotapes in a local video store where his best friend Mike works. Fearing that the mishap will cost Mike his job, the two friends team up to keep the store’s only loyal customer–a little old lady with a tenuous grasp on reality–from realizing what has happened by recreating and re-filming every movie that she decides to rent. From “Back to the Future,” to “Robocop,” to “Rush Hour,” to “The Lion King,” Jerry and Mike become the biggest stars in their neighborhood by starring in the biggest movies ever made.

What people are saying:

“inviting, undemanding and altogether wonderful…you’ll want to see it again, or at least Swede it yourself.” 4 1/2 stars

“started out ok but the ending was way too sappy. on an added note, i do miss the long gone days of mom and pop video stores. But it was Blockbuster that did them in not the internet. I think they still existed for a while in densely populated urban areas (both rich and poor) where you could have enough customers in a few blocks to support a small business.  ” 2 stars

“It’s hard to get too cranky about a movie that, at heart, is a tribute to the joy of making things with your friends.” 3 1/2 stars

“Mos Def has the screen presence of a bowl of fruit. Aside from that, the film is well shot and manages to convey a sense of nostalgia as other users have pointed out. ” 3 stars

“The film begins rather unrealistically but soon develops into a great story. Jack Black fuels the flick with humour as the comedic colossus he is and it powers on with great film references and balances it out with some heartfelt moments.” 4 stars

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Revisited: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

Posted in Movie Reviews, Revisited with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 29, 2014 by Mystery Man

PLOT (spoiler alert!!!):

One Thursday morning, Arthur Dent discovers that his house is to be immediately demolished to make way for a bypass. He tries delaying the bulldozers by lying down in front of them. Ford Prefect, a friend of Arthur’s, convinces him to go to the pub with him. Over a pint of beer (as “muscle relaxant”), Ford explains that he is an alien from a planet in the vicinity of Betelgeuse, and a journalist working on the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, a universal guide book, and that the Earth is to be demolished later that day by a race called Vogons, to make way for a hyperspace bypass. Suddenly, a Vogon Constructor Fleet appears in the sky and destroys the planet. Ford saves himself and Arthur by hitching a ride on a Vogon ship. The two are found and forced to listen to poetry. They are then thrown out of an airlock, but are picked up by the starship Heart of Gold. They find Ford’s “semi-half brother” Zaphod Beeblebrox, the President of the Galaxy. He has stolen the ship along with Tricia “Trillian” McMillan, an Earth woman whom Arthur had met previously, and Marvin the Paranoid Android.

Zaphod explains that he is seeking the planet Magrathea, where he believes he can discover the Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything to match with the answer “42” given by the supercomputer Deep Thought. Zaphod stole the Heart of Gold to use its improbability drive to get to Magrathea through trial and error.

During one of these attempts, they end up on the planet Viltvodle VI. Zaphod decides to visit Humma Kavula, his opponent from the election. Upon learning of Zaphod’s plan, Kavula announces that he has the coordinates to Magrathea. He takes one of Zaphod’s two heads hostage and demands they bring him the Point-of-view gun created by Deep Thought, which allows the target to understand the shooter’s point of view. As they are leaving the planet, Trillian is captured by Vogons. The others travel to rescue her from the Vogon home world bureaucracy, facing long lines and frustrating form processing. Trillian is outraged to learn that Zaphod signed the authorisation for the destruction of Earth thinking it was a request for an autograph.

The Heart of Gold is chased by the Vogons, led by Galactic Vice-President Questular Rontok, who is attempting to rescue Zaphod from himself. As the Heart of Gold arrives in orbit above Magrathea, Arthur triggers the improbability drive to avoid the automated missile defence systems. The missiles transform into a bowl of petunias and a sperm whale.

On the planet, Zaphod, Ford, and Trillian take a portal to Deep Thought. When they ask the computer whether it has calculated the ultimate question, it reveals that it designed another supercomputer to do so—Earth. When the trio finds the Point-of-View gun, Trillian shoots Zaphod, making him understand how she feels about the destruction of Earth. She also finds out how much she loves Arthur. Arthur and Marvin miss the portal and encounter a Magrathean called Slartibartfast, who takes Arthur on a tour of the construction floor where Earth Mark II is being built. Slartibartfast takes Arthur home, where the others are enjoying a feast provided by pan-dimensional beings who resemble a pair of mice. Arthur realises he has fallen into a trap. The mice, who constructed Deep Thought, used the supercomputer to build an even larger supercomputer, the planet Earth, to determine the Ultimate Question. Believing Arthur, the last remaining supercomputer component, may hold the Ultimate Answer, the mice attempt to remove his brain. Arthur kills the mice.

As the crew regroup outside the house they are surrounded by Vogons and take shelter in a caravan as the Vogons open fire. Marvin is left outside and shot in the back of the head, and uses the Point-of-View gun on the Vogons, causing them to become depressed and unable to fight. As the Vogons are taken away and Questular rejoins with Zaphod, Arthur chooses to explore the galaxy with Trillian and lets Slartibartfast finalise the new Earth without him. The Heart of Gold crew decide to visit the Restaurant at the End of the Universe while Marvin points out they are going the wrong way.

REVIEW:

Everyone has those movies that they can watch over and over again, no matter what mood they are in or how good or bad the film is. One of these films for me is The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. I loved the book and the film, while a bit of a departure from the source is ranked among my all time favorites. Will it be one of yours?

What is this about?

After learning his house is about to be leveled to make way for a bypass and that Earth is about to be destroyed to clear the way for an interstellar thruway, jinxed Arthur Dent survives by hitching a ride on a passing spacecraft.

What did I like?

Zooey. I believe this is the film where I fell in love with Zooey Deschanel, or maybe it was Elf. I’m not 100% sure, but at any rate she has always been a cutie in my book. This character she plays, Trillian, is a bit more grounded and serious than we are used to seeing from the quirky and free-spirited Deschanel, and yet she makes her a likable character who may actually be the deepest character in the film.

Guide. For those that haven’t read the book, fret not because the guide, voiced by Stephen Fry, is read to you in animated vignettes and voice overs. The very first time I saw this film, I had not read the book and the voice-overs not only helped me keep up with everything, but also inspired me to go read the book. I’m sure that I’m not the only person to have that urge, nor will I be the last to have the inkling.

Devices. Any fantastical sci-fi film is sure to have great gadgets and devices, right? Well, no exception to that rule here. Two such devices stand out above everything, the Improbability drive which changes things to the most improbable objects (there is also an Infinite Improbability Drive which allows the ship to travel faster than light speed) and the point of view gun which allows the person holding it to send their point of view to someone else. I’m sure there are more than a few women who would love to shoot this at their husbands!

What didn’t I like?

Best of the best. Some of the best parts of the film are the parts that don’t get as much, such as Alan Rickman voicing Marvin the Robot. As much of a downer as Marvin is, you can’t help but want to see more of him. John Malkovich’s Humma Kavula was darkly odd and he basically is nothing more than a cameo. Perhaps they were holding him off for a bigger role in the sequel that never happened, or more scenes ended up on the cutting room floor. Bill Nighy as Slartibartfast was also of note. While he wasn’t the best character, Night is always entertaining. These are just some of the examples of underutilized talent.

Towel. Perhaps I missed it, but I don’t believe the importance of the towel was ever discussed. If such a big deal is going to be made over having a towel while hitchhiking across the galaxy, shouldn’t we know what is so important about it? Other than being able to chase Vogons away with it, I don’t think any reference was made to its use. Would it have been too much to ask for them to tell us why is it necessary?

Pacing. At times, the flick slows down, which is fine, I guess, but it does this at the most inopportune times. Just as the audience is getting into one story, such as the Vogons addiction to paperwork, it just prattles on with filler until the next big scene. Perhaps this is a British thing, but my American sensibilities didn’t quite jibe with the pacing.

What else can I say about The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy? The mix of sci-fi, comedy, action, and a hint of drama make for quite the enjoyable film, if I do say so myself. Sadly, this overlooked film never got the sequel it deserved because it didn’t make as much money as the studios would have liked. So, do I recommend this film? Do you really need to ask? I highly recommend this gem as a must see before you die! Check it out and enjoy!

5 out of 5 stars

The Italian Job

Posted in Action/Adventure, Movie Reviews, Thrillers/Mystery with tags , , , , , , , , , , on January 30, 2010 by Mystery Man

PLOT:

In Venice, Italy, retired safecracker John Bridger (Donald Sutherland) calls his daughter Stella Bridger (Charlize Theron) and tells her that he is participating in what will be his final heist. John then meets up with Charlie Croker (Mark Wahlberg) before setting the heist into motion. Their team consists of themselves and four others: Steve (Edward Norton) is the “inside man”, Handsome Rob (Jason Statham) is a getaway driver, Left Ear (Mos Def) is an explosives expert, and Lyle (Seth Green) is a technical expert. The heist is a success, but Steve betrays them all by taking the gold for himself; he kills John Bridger and leaves the rest of the team for dead.

A year later in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Stella is using her safe cracking expertise to break into vaults as an assistant to law enforcement personnel. The team has tracked Steve down, and Charlie recruits Stella to participate with the team in stealing the gold from Steve since she has the required skill and motivation. The team travels to Los Angeles, California to begin their surveillance of Steve’s house and plan the heist. Meanwhile, Steve attempts to sell his gold through a money launderer, but kills him when the launderer begins asking questions about the source of the gold. However, the money launderer is a cousin of a local Ukrainian Mafia boss, who subsequently seeks vengeance for his cousin’s murder. The team’s initial plan is to have Steve stood up on a date with Stella—who posed as a cable repair woman to get into Steve’s house and locate his safe—while the team would break into Steve’s house, load the gold into three Mini Coopers modified by Rob’s mechanical friend Wrench (Franky G), and use hacked traffic lights to make their escape. However, Charlie is forced to call it off because of a local party, which would witness the heist’s execution. To maintain her cover, Stella goes on the date with Steve, but he figures out her real identity. Charlie then confronts Steve and promises that he will recover the stolen gold.

Now aware that Charlie and his team are alive, Steve makes preparations to move the gold. He obtains three armored trucks and a helicopter from which to monitor the trucks’ transit. To counter the shell game, Charlie uses Lyle’s control over the Los Angeles traffic system to isolate the one truck containing the gold, which Lyle manages to find, and gridlocks the entire city. The team then steals the gold from the truck and escape in their trio of Mini Coopers. Steve and his hired security guards pursue them through Los Angeles, and the team manages to lose them all, except Steve. He follows Charlie, but falls into a trap: Charlie has already informed the Ukrainian that Steve is the man they want, and Charlie gives the Ukrainian a portion of the stolen gold. Steve is taken away by the gangsters, and the team split up the remaining gold and raise a toast to Stella’s father as they leave Los Angeles on the Coast Starlight. During the credits, it is shown what happens to each of the main characters afterward.

REVIEW:

If you’ve seen these little striped cars driving around, y’know, the mini-Coopers, this is the film that brought them fame and popularity. Personally, they are a bit small for me, but to each their own. However, they do play a pivotal role on this picture. I thought, initially, that they would be just a way of transportation, but turns out that they take up more screen time than some of the actors.

Again, I have to say that I detest remakes, but I have not seen the original, so I have nothing to compare this to, so, my opinion is strictly based on what I saw, and nothing else.

The good…look at the cast, Jason Statham, Mark Wahlberg, Charlize Theron, Edward Norton, Seth Green, Mos DEf, and Donald Sutherland. At the time this film was made, Statham was up and coming, Wahlberg, Norton and Theron were settling in to mega stardom, and Green and Mos Def were realizing that they are best served ding comic roles. Having said that, this cast is phenomenal. The chemistry that exists really sells the story. The last 30 minutes or so, are nothing but pure action, which I love. Of course, I could have done with a few more explosions, but I won’t hold that against them. While the plot of the crime is a bit convoluted, it is impressive, especially when they pull it off…before the deception, of course. What’s even more impressive is how they use the same process to get the gold back from Edward Norton.

The bad…for an action flick, there is a severe lack of action here. As I said, the last 30 minutes or so cram it all in, and that’s fine, but what about the other 90? Save for the heist at the beginning and later escape and betrayal, there’s nothing but a bunch of drama that takes up the rest of the film’s runtime. I’m not quite sure what the deal with the Ukrainians was, even if they do play a pivotal role at the end. I guess if they got a proper introduction and some development, they would make more sense, and not just 3 scenes, total. Maybe it’s just me, but if I had a few tons of gold all marked with a distinctive design of a dancer on them, I’d be finding a way to get rid of that mark, so that they can’t be traced. Norton’s character seems like a real smart guy, so I don’t understand how he missed that.

With all the fancy gadgets and ways they these guys pull off the hesits and adjust their mini Coopers, one has to wonder how long it will be before some real crooks are able to pull this off. I guess if some major city grid is shit down and a massive shipment of gold is stolen, we’ll know, right? I really don’t know why I’ve avoided this film. I guess because I thought it was more drama heavy, as most films involving Wahlberg and Theron tend to be. For the most part, I was right, but I was also wrong. I did enjoy this picture, but I’m not in love with it. The entertainment value is there, but not enough to where I’m going to drop everything I’m doing and watch this again. Having said that, if given the chance, I’d love to see it now and then, but for me, it was just above average.

3 1/2 out of 5 stars

Next Day Air

Posted in Action/Adventure, Comedy, Movie Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 18, 2009 by Mystery Man

 

PLOT:

When a misguided delivery driver inadvertently delivers a package containing concealed bricks of cocaine to the wrong address, it sets in motion a desperate search and battle for the coke between the furious dealer that sent it, the fearful intended recipients that missed it, and the conniving accidental recipients that plan to flip it. Time is running out and everyone’s trying to get their hands on the package that’s been sent…Next Day Air!

REVIEW:

Hmmm…a delivery driver, who happens to be high, delivers a package of cocaine to the wrong people, who find out what it is and try to sell it, while the intended owners are about to lose their life if they don’t find it. The plot is so generic that I almost didn’t even bother with this film.

The cast that they put together for this film isn’t necessarily a group of comedy all-stars, but rather a bunch of sidekick actors, for lack of a better term, getting their shot at the big time. unfortunately, none of them step up in the way one would expect. Mike Epps is his usual character, a little slow off the take. Donald Faison doesn’t seem to know if he’s coming or going, and aside from his scenes with Debbie Allen and Mos Def, seems to be rather whiny throughout the entre picture. Speaking of Mos Def, he is arguably the biggest name in here, but is only in two or three scenes. I don’t understand that.

The way the trailers made this film look, it was like this was going to be some sort of buddy film where they just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. That might actually have been better that what ended up.

Please don’t misunderstand me and think that this thing totally sucks, because it doesn’t. As a matter of fact, listening to Mike Epps and Wood Harris’ exchanges was quite entertaining, as was Mos Def’s explanation for stealing stuff from his own truck.

Many reviews I’ve read have said exactly what I was thinking as I was watching it, and that is that it can’t decide if it wasn’t to be an action/comedy or gritty action drama. Because of this, the film really suffers. I think if they would have had a more definitive direction they wanted to go in, this would be much better, but it still is worth watching, though I wouldn’t necessarily rush out to see it, unless you want to feast on eye candy Yasmin Deliz.

3 out of 5 stars

Cadillac Records

Posted in Drama, Movie Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 11, 2009 by Mystery Man

 

PLOT:

This movie is based on the true story of how a small music recording studio, Chess Records, located on the south side of Chicago, began recording blues music with Muddy Waters (Jeffrey Wright) and Little Walter (Columbus Short) in 1947, and eventually gave birth to rock and roll in 1955 with Chuck Berry (Mos Def). Record producer, Leonard Chess (Adrien Brody) has an ear for this different type of music, and believes he can cash in by signing up new talent such as songwriter, Willie Dixon (Cedric the Entertainer), Howlin’ Wolf (Eamonn Walker), and Etta James (Beyonce Knowles). Leonard Chess makes all of his artist part of his family and takes care of them. This is not an easy job for him, because they spend a small fortune on booze, drugs, and the high life. When Chuck Berry goes to jail, Leonard is able to find another talented performer, Etta James, to take his place. In the late sixties, as their music goes out of favor, Leonard Chess gets out of the record business. Douglas Young (the-movie-guy) .

REVIEW:

As a music (and Beyonce) lover, I couldn’t help but be curious as to how good or bad this film was. After watching it this afternoon, I was pleasantly surprised.

Adrien Brody flexes his acting chops and reminds us all why he won that Oscar not too long ago. He really brings depth and believability to Leonard Chess.

Jeffrey Wright is best known to me as Peoples Hernandez from Shaft. I had no idea he was capable of handling such a taxing role as Muddy Waters. It seems as if he is familiar with Waters and may even have been a fan.

I’ve heard that Etta James was not happy with Beyonce playing her in this film. I’m a fan of Beyonce, but I can see Etta’s point. Beyonce just didn’t seem right for this role. For me, it seemed as though she was trying to channel her character from Dreamgirls. The only difference seems to be that Etta has meat on her bones and is grittier. Make no mistake about Beyonce’s talent, this just wasn’t the role for her, no matter what she thinks.

Mos Def, Cedric the Entertainer, Gabrielle Union, and Emmanuelle Chriqui round out this outstanding cast. Each steps up their game a notch and delivers arguably the best performances of their career.

You can’t have a film about musicians without a killer soundtrack, and this film is no exception, but I could have done without the rap version of a Muddy Waters song that played as the film ended. I know many think work such as that is genius, but I find it offensive and lazy. They’re just using someone else’s work as a part of their own because they are too lazy to come up with something on their own…just like Hollywood with all the reboots and remakes.

This film is obvioulsy about all the artists at Chess Records, but it seems to foucs almost exclusively on Muddy Waters. Now, I would have no issue with this, if the film was a Muddy Waters biopic, but it isn’t, so more screentime shouldh ave been given to the other acts, especially Howln’ Wolf and Etta James.

As far as biopics go, this is one of the more entertaining films in recent memory. It kept my attention from beginning to end, which is no easy task, let me tell you. The performances were top notch, as was the music. I think anyone that wants to watch this is more than likely going to be interested in it for the subject matter (not counting those who would watch just for Beyonce) and will enjoy it.

4 out of 5 stars

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

Posted in Comedy, Movie Reviews, Sci-Fi/Fantasy with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 1, 2008 by Mystery Man

 

Don’t Panic!

PLOT:

The movie begins with the narrator (voiced by Stephen Fry) quoting the 23rd chapter of the original book, explaining that dolphins, the second most-intelligent mammals on Earth (humans being the third and mice being the first), have been trying to warn mankind about the impending destruction of Earth. Their backflips and swimming patterns, according to the Guide, are their way of communicating with humans. Humans, however, interpreted their warnings as amusing attempts to whistle for tidbits or punch footballs. Considering their mission a failure, the dolphins decide to leave, after passing their final message So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish. (This was misinterpreted as an attempt to do a double-backflip somersault through a hoop while whistling The Star-Spangled Banner.)

One morning, waking to the sound of bulldozers encroaching upon his house, Arthur Dent realizes that his home is going to be destroyed to build a highway bypass. He tries to prevent the destruction of his home by lying in the path of the bulldozers. His attempts are interrupted by his friend Ford Prefect, who persuades Arthur to accompany him to the local pub, where he reveals that he is actually an alien from the region of Betelgeuse (and not from Guildford after all). Arthur nonchalantly comments “Well, that explains the accent.”

When Ford first came to Earth, he thought that cars were the dominant life form (which explains his name, Ford Prefect, a popular British Car) and tried to shake a moving one’s hand. Arthur pulled him out of the road before he was run over. As a favour for saving his life, Ford rescues Arthur from certain death when the Earth is demolished by the Vogons to make way for a hyperspace expressway. They hitchhike aboard a Vogon ship, where they discovered and tortured by being made to listen to Vogon poetry (the third-worst in the universe). Although Ford is visably affected, Arthur expresses his admiration. The Vogons throw them out of the ship anyway.

They are rescued by the Heart of Gold. The ship was stolen by Galactic President Zaphod Beeblebrox, accompanied by Tricia McMillan, now calling herself Trillian, and Marvin the Paranoid Android.

Aboard the ship, Zaphod reveals his intention to visit the planet Magrathea using the Heart of Gold, which he stole for this purpose. He introduces the other characters to the story of the Ultimate Answer to Life, the Universe and Everything, via a Magrathean data archive cube. Long ago, the people of Magrathea built the ultimate supercomputer, Deep Thought, to learn the Ultimate Answer. After seven and a half million years of pondering, the computer declared that the Answer was “forty-two”, and explained that the Ultimate Answer didn’t make sense to them because no one knew exactly what the Ultimate Question was, an even more mysterious truth that even Deep Thought wasn’t powerful enough to figure out. Deep Thought then told the people about an even more advanced computer which could be built which could ask the Ultimate Question. The recording ends, however, before the new computer’s name could be announced.

They take a detour, however, when they encounter the planet of Viltvodle VI, home of the Jatravartids and Humma Kavula, who was Zaphod’s opponent in the election for President of the Galaxy. Kavula has a small red cube that contains the coordinates to Magrathea, and offers it to Zaphod in exchange for a gun (the Point-of-view gun) that can be found near Deep Thought. Kavula requires a “hostage” in order to ensure that Zaphod will complete the quest, and removes Zaphod’s second head (which is turned into a hula dancer bobblehead). Zaphod appears to lose the function of his third arm, suggesting that it was controlled by his second head.

During their departure from Viltvodle VI, Trillian is captured by the Vogons and brought to their homeworld, Vogsphere. Arthur, Ford, and Zaphod go to the Vogon homeworld and try to rescue Trillian. Upon stepping off their ship they briefly encounter subterraneous fauna that attack people who exhibit original thought by slapping them in the face, which they manage to evade once they reach an urban area. The excessive bureaucracy associated with many governing bodies is parodied when they are confronted by the amount of red tape that they must forge through to rescue Trillian.

As Trillian is processed, she learns of the destruction of the Earth, which Arthur had not told her about. She also learns that Zaphod was the one who absent-mindedly signed the demolition order for Earth (thinking it was an autograph request, he signed it “Love & Kisses, Zaphod”). Arthur, Zaphod, and Ford manage to fill out the appropriate Presidential Prisoner Release forms to have Trillian released just before she is fed to the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal.Then the crew escapes Vogsphere.

Throughout the film, the Vogons remain in pursuit of Zaphod and the Heart of Gold, at the behest of the Galactic Vice-President Questular Rontok who wishes to “rescue” the President from his abductor (Zaphod abducted himself when he stole the Heart of Gold). The Heart of Goldheads for Magrathea. Zaphod, Trillian, and Ford meet Deep Thought and learn that the computer which could tell the Ultimate Question was in fact Earth itself, with the actions of all the creatures upon it part of the calculation. Arthur, having lost the others, meets a man named Slartibartfast, and learns of Earth’s true origin and how Slartibartfast worked for a company where planets like Earth were custom made, and even won an award for building the coasts of Norway. While touring the Magrathean Planet Factory Floor, Arthur is introduced to the Earth Mark II, a backup copy. He is eventually led to a perfect recreation of his home in England.

Meanwhile, beneath Deep Thought, Zaphod, Trillian, and Ford find the Point-of-view gun, the object sought by Humma Kavula. According to the Guide, it was built by Deep Thought for a council of angry housewives who were tired of ending arguments by complaining to husbands that “you just don’t get it, do you?” When fired, the Point-of-view gun causes the target to experience the point of view of the wielder. Trillian uses it to make Zaphod understand her conflicting feelings about their relationship.

Back at Arthur’s house, Arthur is reunited with Ford, Zaphod and Trillian, who are busy enjoying a lavish meal provided by the mice. But it is a trap to enable the mice to restrain Arthur and extract his brain, as it was one of the only components left from the Earth after its demolition, and is believed to have the Ultimate Question in it. Faced with his demise, Arthur finally expresses his love for Trillian, breaks free from his restraints, and squishes the mice with a teapot. The flattened mice morph back into the representatives of the builders of Deep Thought before fading out of Earth’s dimension.

The heroes exit Arthur’s house, only to find themselves surrounded by a battalion of Vogon soldiers, who try to kill them. While Zaphod attempts to operate Arthur’s “spaceship” (which is in fact just a caravan), Arthur and Trillian try to retrieve the dropped Point-of-view gun, but are forced to use the caravan as cover from the wild hail of fire the Vogons direct at them. Being the worst shots in the universe though, they don’t hit a thing. Marvin goes to catch up with the rest, but he is hit in the back of the head by a Vogon blast. Just as it seems that they are doomed, Marvin reactivates and picks up the nearby Point-of-view gun. He fires, hitting all of the Vogons and exposing them to his perspective on life; they all instantly become incredibly depressed and collapse.

As the depressed Vogons are taken away and the final touches are applied to Earth Mark II, Slartibartfast asks Arthur if there is anything that the new Earth could do without; Arthur replies, “Yeah, me.” Earth’s life cycle is restarted just as it was before the Vogons demolished it, and the movie ends with Arthur and his companions, Rontok in tow, reboarding the Heart of Gold, bound for The Restaurant at the End of the Universe, briefly heading towards the other end, which results in the ship making the sound of screeching brakes and turning around. This is a minor flaw, for Marvin states, “the restaurant is at the other end of the universe,” while the restaurant is at the end of time, not the end of space.

REVIEW:

This is my kind of movie. Nothing serious about it, just pure fun. Zooey Deschanel doesn’t hurt things either!

The film is based on a series of books. I’ve read them a few times. As with most movies based on literature, there are a few differences, some which should not have been changed, but I think, as a whole they did a good job.

My only complaint with the film is that a sequel has yet to be made, especially with all the actors already signed, but Hollywood is all about how much money a movie makes, not pleasing the fans.

So long, and thanks for all the fish!

5 out of 5 stars