As some of you may have guessed already, I recently watched the Disney incarnation of The Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy. Having read all five books, the original radio script and played the text adventure version of this phenomena, I was suprisingly not disappointed. This is not exactly the same story, just as the radio play differs from the book and the original radio script differs from both the book and the radio play, so too does this film differ.
No attempt was made to parrot the book and beat it into a movie. Instead, they decided to rewrite the story and make it unique. If you've read all five books, then you'll know that this movie opens with the start of the fourth book. This book was only written after a considerable time had passed. By that time, the story had become known as a trilogy comprising, The Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy, The Restaurant At The End Of the Universe, and Life, the Universe and Everything. Whilst the second book is hardly even touched on in this movie, the first, third and fourth book are well captured and seemlessly woven into the single story that they should have been in the first place. If you want the book(s), then read the book(s), they aren't in this version. This is a good way to remember the books though so if you've enjoyed all five books but haven't read them recently, you'll most likely enjoy this movie. However, if you've seen the movie but haven't read the books, then you've missed a lot. You cannot understand the movie unless you've read all five books.
I give this movie a five out of five overall although it only gets three out of five on authenticity. To be fair though, the did manage to capture the spirit of the story that took five books to complete. :up: