In three words: what the fuck?
In a few paragraphs:
While I went in with low expectations, I was still hopeful for a fun time. But the movie missed the whole point in a big, big way. You know, just the same as any time there's a US remake of an excellent UK television series. All the sharpness is gone, they use a mallet instead of a needle.
And the ending? Happy, happy, the earth is back but Arthur won't stay because now he loves adventure? Sure, right. This Arthur is never going to be the Sandwich Maker because he's too busy being bloody
That said, I did enjoy Martin Freeman's performance. Sam Rockwell is always fun. Mos Def was, hmm, poorly directed? I didn't really like Zooey Deschanel that much. Stephen Fry was, as always, wonderful and I thought the way they animated the Guide was excellent.
Humma Kavula was really cool, but it seemed like that thread was completely dropped.
Some of the design I liked a lot -- Magrathea especially. The dolphin song was très fun.
And Ford couldn't keep his hands off Arthur.
In the end, though, it was wrong, and worse than that, it was dull. Douglas deserved so much better.
There was a credit cookie, so if you're there, be sure to stay for it.