I thought the theater cleaner was going to kick my ass when I told him I didn't read any of the books. *** 1/2 for me. I thought the film was extremely entertaining from start to finish and I was shocked that the running time actually felt short. The visuals are obviously terrific but I'm surprised at how much I enjoy the two lead characters. Again, having not read the books I was worried when I watched the first film and with a second I wasn't sure it I'd want to "follow" these characters but the actors are simply so good that it's pretty easy. I'm certainly looking forward to the next film just to see where the story goes from here. And yes, I enjoyed this more than 12 YEARS A SLAVE.