This movie was purchased at a Christian bookstore by a friend and loaned to me to see what I thought. Although the acting was very good and the animations were good, the theme of the movie was dangerous, especially for a marginal believer who might be mesmerized into believing that when you die, you will go to heaven without God or through Jesus Christ...I listened carefully and did not hear either mentioned even once. The whole concept of heaven was wrong, you don't go there in the flesh and just enjoy an eternity with roller coasters, a theme park, beautiful women, and all of your friends. I envision a much different Heaven, a spiritual one with love and righteousness and with our creator, not a secular one with toys and sinful people in the flesh. It would be like returning to the "World" after dying. This is in no way a Christian movie and it will lead many people down the path to destruction. It was deceivingly packed with highly emotional scenes and is subtly hypnotic, enticing one to want to believe in it and to want this make believe "heaven" for themselves. Parents, be careful!
Didn't read the book but my husband had and he appreciates the fact the author himself wrote the screen play so the book isn't altered. If one is not Biblically knowledgeable, some of the content is misleading. It is just a story and well portrayed. Does have some good comments such as "a stranger is just family you do not know yet." Didn't comment on the "meets expectations" as really had none.
Another excellent movie, well acted and follows the book to a T. I would suggest only older children watch this, younger ones might be frightend by a few scenes. Although, as always, watch the movie first and then decide.