Usually when someone says a movie is "different" the easiest translation is "it was bad". However, as a long time Spielberg fan, I am glad he made this film. I understand that many don't laud EOTS as one of SS's premiere films; i.e. non-memorable score, non-breakthrough ideas, slow moving, and so on. So when I bought the DVD, I had luke-warm expectaions. After viewing the DVD, I felt that Empire of the Sun serves as a pre-cursor to the great work that Spielberg would later do in Schindler's List and SPR while preserving the remarakble story of one person as was done in E.T. and Close Encounters . Although slow at times, I enjoyed some of the powerful scenes with Jim played by Christian Bale...I think Empire of the Sun is about Jim's transition more so than hope. With that said, I am going to have to mull this one over for a day or two in order to ingest this new and different film.