First of all, NO this isn't a GREAT movie, the acting isn't the greatest, the effects aren't the greatest either, well, do you previous viewers realize that this ISN'T made for Adults???HELLO??
its made for children, therefore it WILL have cheesy acting, and cheesy effects, yes it strays ALOT from the book, but kids will love it! its a NEW version for a NEW generation, do you REALLY think kids will think the original movie is cool??? after seeing Harry Potter? sad to say HP has KILLED the idea of Good fantasy, it has perverted a great genre, however this film is for those who want to have a cheesy good time! Think saturday morning made for tv movie! the only thing that REALLY bothered me is the ending, there ISN'T one! and the dvd says "watch for the next installment coming to home video"??? uh, its home DVD not video!
bottom line, its an entertaining film for the NEW generation, no big studio is going to remake the first film, this is it folks! so stop whining and just read the book if you dislike this version so much!