A fun, intriguing adventure and a moving homage to the earliest days of cinema. An art-house film for kids. It's beautifully shot, wonderfully acted, and employs the best use of 3D since Avatar. This is one of the most intelligent family films I've seen in years. However, the movie is fairly slow-paced, and because it doesn't feature any dancing penguins, cartoonish action, stupid jokes or talking CGI animals, it's pretty much a given that most kids won't be too interested in seeing it. It's 5th place finish at the box office is proof that original and creative storytelling doesn't stand much of a chance against the usual tried and true, lowest-common-denominator family flick. And that makes me sad. Maybe I'm not giving today's kids enough credit, but the numbers speak for themselves. Thank god The Muppets is doing well, or all hope would surely be lost.