Man, I can't remember a time that I've laughed so hard at a scifi movie since I first saw Spaceballs. I read Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy a long time ago, and recently reread it this past fall. If you haven't read this book, do so soon. It's quite a funny book, and well worth the time for it's complete difference from everything else in this world. I was excited when I heard that the movie had been greenlit for production, after being in limbo for nearly twelve years. From the first trailers, it was clear that this movie was going to be unique, expecially with a new director at the helm. The movie is a delight to watch, and a great laugh. It's witty, funny and it doesn't take itself overly seriously until the very end. It's fairly close to the book, with some sections verbatem from the pages, while there are a couple others that are clearly not, but overall, the entire plot works extremely well. Visually, the film is spectacular. The CGI department did an outstanding job with some very odd things, such as the entire ship turning into a ball of yarn, flowers and any other number of things. There are several very cool scenes in here, and it's just amazing how much computers can do now adays.But the CGI doesn't overwealm the film at all. I believe that most of the costumes, aliens and sets were real, which is a good thing, expecially since Jim Henson's company did all the puppets and things. Being the same people to do Farscape, they did an outstanding job. The soundtrack was also very fun to listen to, very witty at times. I have to go download the main theme, that was a pretty good tune to listen to. I didn't listen to a lot of the music though, I was paying more attention to what was on the screen. The only problem that I had was that the movie does change up several things, which was somewhat disapointing, and why I'm not giving this a perfect score. That being said, the changes that were made are all fairly well done, and very funny, expecially the end, although it's a little flat and predictable.
In other news, I purchased an FX lightsaber that Master Replicas created. Very awesome.