Went to see the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy last night and wasn't entirely sure what to expect. I love the books and radio but was only ever mildly fond of the TV show (Zaphod's second head always made me cringe). My favourite 'character' has always been the Guide itself. I really enjoyed the film; although they've strayed from the traditional storyline, it does still leave you feeling a little like Arthur, mildly bemused by what's going on. There are a lot more Vogons (the bureaucrats of the Universe - I wonder if this reflects the increase of paperwork in the Universe since HHGTTG first appeared) which is OK. There's a new character which I'm not entirely sure I saw the point of (I saw a little more point to him after I'd watched the 'Vote Beeblebrox' video on iTMS) and these bits are probably the weakest parts of the story. Zaphod's motivation for stealing the Heart of Gold (which is a teapot rather than a training shoe) and wanting to know the Ultimate Question aren't really explored here. I suspect the DVD version will clear a few things up; in the meantime, I'd suggest having read the book at some point in the last decade to get the most from it. There are lots of small things like the jewelled crabs, bits of Magrathea that are really there for fans. Having criticised all that though, it's wonderfully absurd; a couple of the Improbability Drive transitions are very clever. Arthur, Ford, Trillian and the Guide are very well-cast. I'd love an electronic notepad in the Guide's form! People were laughing out loud in the cinema which I guess is a good sign. I must confess to having mild hysterics and slight trouble breathing when the whale voices his last thought... I'm still chuckling this morning when I think of it. There are a lot of visual jokes and overall a lot of small touches which amuse. It's definitely worth going to see... although it's so Brit-focused, I'll be curious to see what our US friends make of it!