This movie caught me by surprise. I took my 7 yr old son to see it. He got abit ansy for the special effects to happen because from the previews on tv he knew what was to come.
For me, I loved the build up to all the crazyness that was to follow. It's a film simply made, but the meaning strikes you deep. You really FEEL what the characters are feeling, the film portrays it very well.
I'm desperately trying to not give anything away here, but the film at one point becomes so moving, bring tissue if you are a cryer! My son kept saying as tears were flowing, "But mom, it's ONLY a movie!" LOL
It's abit of a slow start, but once the end approaches and so much fantasy is running in high gear, you will want the movie to continue as the credits roll. I was left wanting more and still wiping away my tears.
I don't know that it had enough holding power for kids to actually buy the thing but it is definately worth a go see in a theature. Pick a GOOD theatre. Don't waste your time and money on a crappy one with poor sound. Do it right.