I didn't know what to expect going in. One word came out: INTENSE. As a movie goer oft times I judge if I like a film by whether I felt entertained. I have never read the book, but this film made me want to read it and those that follow it. Although clarity doesn't come until the end, I was certainly captivated. Not much character development, but perhaps the next film will give more of that. That being said, I think parents should avoid taking young children to it. It is too intense, and I watched one man take his child (couldn't have been over 10) out because he was scared. It has some profanity scattered throughout, some violence, and certainly some tense and scary moments. There is some underage drinking as well. I would recommend no one under 15 should see it alone.