Much digital ink will be spilled about The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy movie this weekend. I saw it this evening with more than a little trepidation. I'm a huge fan of the books. In fact, I make it a point to re-read them at least every two years.

With that in mind, the movie isn't that bad. It's not the book, but then, what movie is? It is, however, in the spirit of the book. The opening 45 minutes bear a striking resemblance to the book. After that, it's hard to tell where the bits made up to fill in the bits written by Douglas Adams start and end. The movie works, despite Mos Def's flat effort as Ford.

In short, I give it a 7/10. It's nowhere near as bad as Adams' biographer made it out to be. If you like the books, hang your critic out for the evening and go see the movie with an open mind. It really isn't that bad.

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