The original 1981 movie is still a much loved fantasy, and the then ground breaking stop frame animation still stands up pretty well today, but the original movie was always hampered by a weak and wooden lead, and baggy story telling. This flashy rethink stream lines the story and turns it into a much leaner and meaner version, the cast is good with a excellent leading man role in the shape of Sam Worthington ( Rogue, Terminator Salvation, Avatar) But it's the pace of the movie that is hardly unflagging, leading to some brilliant battles with beast's of all shapes and sizes. The C.G.I effects are very good, and although more graphic in violence than the original this movie is still a family adventure. The open ending to the movie means if this rethink is a success we will no doubt get a few sequels. Seeing the movie in the cinema boast's the addition of 3D, but to be honest this extra did not really add much to the movie, as it was originally shot as a 2D release, but was held back from release by the studio to add the other dimention to get more bums on seats. In a way this is a good thing as when it is released on DVD in a few months you will know that the 2D format will not loose hardly any wow factor.
An excellent fantasy adventure!