They have been true to a classic source, using Adams' language and finding just the right actors, sets and costumes to flesh out his vision. Only the most persnickety cultist won't appreciate the effort.
Go with the whimsical flow that includes a hilariously morose robot named Marvin, voiced by the great Alan Rickman with the weight of the galaxy resonating in every bored, cynical syllable. Adams would be pleased.
It hard for me to give this a bad score, their are many reasons why I enjoyed this film. 1st reason: The CGI was really good in my opinion, well for 2005, it was awesome. 2nd reason: Its actually really f*cking funny and uses decent humor. 3rd reason: It did sci-fi correctly, they're were scenes in the film that were smile worthy making me say, "cool" (probably similar to cgi reaction). I loved it, its one of my favorite films.
From the wonderful book by the forever remembered Douglas Adams, this movie complied an amazing cast of character actors that just about complete my book of superb actors of the 20th century. The humor (is you have a sense of such) is riotous, The scene in which they must not think or get bonked by a shovel is so bizarre and weird it transgresses funny and takes you to another dimension of humor. If you didn't like this movie, I suggest you go rent Napoleon Dynamite and have a good time watching the worst movie in history.
I think that both the critics and fans of the movie have a point. On one hand it is a really faithful adaptation as they tried to get as much of the book content into the movie. On the other hand the humor, wordplay, satire and irony are far weaker than in the book. However I admit that they used a lot of care for the sets, look of special effects and costumes. I read the book a few times and it is one of the all time classics but I have not read it in years. So I am not the ultimate authority in judging it adaptation-wise. However there are tons of things I recognize. They added a few things and that is O.K. Even Douglas Adams made different alterations for different medias. I think they failed at delivering the humor. With better writing and timing it would be a masterpiece. The actors are well chosen for me and I will praise Sam Rockwell for his portrait of Zaphod Beeblebrox, Mos Def as Ford Perfect and Zoey Deschanel as Trillian. I think that there was no bad acting in this movie. In my circle of friends we discussed a lot about this and came to the conclusion that it is a hit and miss movie. Even I would have rated it higher after watching it but then after some though my ratings declined. Overall it is watchable and entertaining but nowhere near as funny and ironic or iconic as the book. I would recommend the BBC production instead. It is really good and has critical and fan acclaim.
Some books shouldn't be made into a movie, and maybe this is one of them. Some humorous quotes I read brought me to this movie recently. And, as I watched this movie, either I didn't not hear them or were not funny. This movie was not funny to me at all. Seemed like humor children would find funny. Goofy jokes, or results or characters.........