Movies: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
"The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" is one of the most popular sci-fi comedies ever made. I only read the novels as a kid, but the first version of the story was actually a BBC radio production. One of the most recent adaptations is the 2005 film directed by Garth Jennings.
The movie covers the misadventures of Arthur Dent, a put-upon Everyman who finds out that his good friend is an alien, the Earth has been destroyed, and his old girlfriend is dating the Galactic President. In other words, it's a mostly-faithful recreation of the plot of the novel, with some new plotlines being woven into the existing fabric. Overall, it starts and ends in the same place.
The biggest new addition is the romantic relationship between Arthur and Trillian, something that I believe is unique to this version. Other than that change, it's the HGG we all know and love, just with a shinier set of paint. Effects-wise, the production values are off the charts. Anyone who cringed at the absurd Zaphod makeup used in the BBC TV series won't have to be embarrassed here. All in all, it's a good movie, but a bit predictable for longtime fans.