Saw it for the first time today. Bought it for my kids. Curiosity got the best of me due to the advertising of the sequel. I'm getting good use from my new projector setup.
The movie was ok in story but with all that's out I have to say a tad lacking in special effects. Scenery was stunning but character animation wasn't close to perfect. Worth the $12 to me though. I'll wait for the sequel to come out on DVD before I see it.
I was rather disappointed by the movie to be honest after reading the book before. But I guess it is always the same with movies based on books, isn't it? Some part of the story has to be left out and therefore the books are always better than the movies. For people who haven't read the book I guess it is a quite entertaining movie tough.
^^^That's the beauty of books my friend. You're given a clean canvas and your imagination fills the gaps. I remember having to read "Lord of the flies" when I was in school. Chosen for all the symbolism in it. Fantastic book. Ok movie. When I saw the movie I couldn't count how many times I remember saying to myself "That's not how I pictured that happening".