Had the opportunity to see an advance screener of this film. I must say I was disappointed...probably because I never read the book. The film is well made, has the signature look of a Peter Jackson film with a few moments of good suspense built-in, but overall, I found the film to be overly silly in its depiction of the netherworld. Unfortunately, the film is overburdened with this silliness to the point that I found it distracting. Not an overly bad movie, but certainly a step backward for this monumental Director.