Earthman Arthur Dent (Martin Freeman) is having a very bad day. His house is about to be bulldozed, he discovers that his best friend Ford Prefect (Mos Def) is an alien and to top things off, Planet Earth is about to be demolished to make way for a hyperspace bypass. Arthur's life is saved by Ford when they hitch a ride on a passing spacecraft. For this novice space traveler, the greatest adventure in the universe begins when the world ends, including the possibility of a romance with Tricia (Zooey Deschanel). But he finds that nothing is as it seems and learns that a towel is the most useful thing in the universe. He also finds the meaning of life, and discovers that everything he needs to know can be found in one book: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.
 

3.5
The satire and nuance from Adams story has unfortunately been lost in this adaptation.

Hitchhiker fans will flock to this film, but I was a little disappointed. Much of the original satire and nuance from Adams story is lost or changed to accommodate the films' hyperspace paced plot. First time feature Director Garth Jennings has included many of the best-loved sequences and yes, the big questions about the meaning of life are asked, but there's so much to chew on in Adam's tale, that I was often overwhelmed and only sometimes amused. But I'm also willing to give this a chance, for Adam's sake. On successive viewings Hitchhikers the movie will improve and improve to be worthy of its creator's legacy.