An emotionally powerful movie, it's very easy to get caught up in this one. All the characters are portrayed extremely well, and Eastwood's direction, while subtle, is still extremely impressive. Heartwrenching storyline that will likely stay with you for quite awhile.
Cute for the kids, I didn't get much out of it. It's definitely the sort of movie where you really need to see the original to understand who the characters are and what they're going on about - there's just too much going on that requires more information than this movie provides on it's own.
I would have loved to have seen this movie's earlier 'time travelling' scenes added to - ie., have more 'stops' between the centuries, millennia, etc., so we could have a better idea of how things had changed over time. That said, I loved where most of the movie took place - the Eloi's rugged, wooden-structured home upon the edges of an extremely steep ravine is just gorgeous, much more textured and (in my opinion) interesting than their home in the original film. I like these Eloi much better than in the original movie, too - the others looked like they were cut and pasted out of a 'Perfect Aryan' booklet from the 1940s, and just seemed too spaced out to be realistic. In many ways, this movie was far more complicated than the original, which wasn't always a positive thing. (A second viewing of Irons' scene is probably required in order to really get - I know I needed it.) Still, I liked the movie.
Nicely done - not as good as the original, but still a good watch. The storyline was forced, especially on the topic of marriage, but I guess the given it was set during a time where not getting married was considered unacceptible, it's to be expected. Still, it was nice seeing the characters essentially following their own hearts, despite all the rigid traditions surrounding their lives.