The low-expectations principle helping, I found this film less appalling than apprehended.
Most remarkably, it was not so exceedingly dissimilar from Spielberg's blockbuster-version, at least at first sight. But then, that might actually mean praise to both films.
(I have a hunch a lot of people are going to differ on that one, which is fine.)
Truth be told, I have never really understood this craze for adapting books to film.
Why on earth should one medium be automatically transposable on to another??