Genre – The HitchHikers Guide To The Galaxy.
The HitchHiker’s guide to the galaxy is a 2005 film directed by Garth Jennings, It is based on the book of the same name which was wrote by Douglas Adams.
I wished to discuss this film as I find it hard to put into a specific genre, it’s a Science Fiction film but it’s also a Romantic Comedy, but also contains quite a lot of dark humor, which would normally be put aside in a rom-com. The film starts off with this hillariously catchy tune which is meant as a warning for the human race of their impending doom.
what is quite cleverly done above is turning what is really a dark subject matter (the imminent destruction of the planet earth) into a joyful and catchy song involving dolphins. this follows the theme of quite alot of the film, but what genre would you put it in?
By location alone, most people would say ‘clearly Sci-Fi’ but does it follow the conventions of Sci-Fi? in parts yes, but in others not really, how many Sci-Fi films do you see where the earth is destroyed in the first 10 minutes? Comparisions could be made to universes such as Star Trek’s and I believe that was the writers intention, but I wouldn’t class it as any more than a homage to there universe rather than following their conventions fully.
The facebook fanpage lists the film as a comedy, but does comedy really sum this film up? would you for example play this to somebody that like Home Alone?, both are under the comedy umbrella, but I don’t think anyone would ever compare the two films realistically.
I believe that this film uses a mix of genres to create this story, I don’t believe that you can class this film under a genre of even a hybrid genre without over-generalizing the film and I do believe that there are a few films like that. I don’t believe that the audience would be confused by this however, as the film makes the point of making this clear from the start, unlike films such as ‘From Dusk Till Dawn’
The author of the book owned the rights to the story and character, unfortunately Douglas Adams passed away part-way through this films production. The film itself is owned by the studio Spyglass Entertainment and Distribution rights are owned by Touchstone pictures. I believe the director’s main motivation (particularly after Adams’ death) was to create a film that perfectly captured the vision of Douglas Adams’ book in a way that the radio and TV series had not done before.
the introduction to the guide, is big. Really big. You just won’t believe how vastly, hugely, mind bogglingly big it is. And so on.