First of all, I haven't seen the original version, so I can't compare both of them. Some people love this version and some people hate but it was a big success at the box-office anyway. Personally, I did help that this flick was made before we got an overdose of the Burton-Depp mania and I personnaly enjoyed it. Indeed, it was visually impressive and I thought Johnny Depp delivered the goods, as expected. Still, it is not one of their best efforts, that's for sure. I think the issue is that they didn't put much heart and soul in this adaptation and you miss something more challenging. It feels like they went like this 'I'm going to put some weird decors, it will look awesome! And you should look like some weird guy, a little bit like Michael Jackson!' but they didn't really went much further than this. With 'Big Fish', Tim Burton's previous directing effort, I thought I was watching something pretty deep, inspiring, thoughtful and full of imagination, at least, that's what I felt. With this, I thought I was watching an entertaining and well made commercial feature but not much more than that, I'm afraid. To conclude, it is nothing great but it remains an enjoyable blockbuster and I still think it is worth a look, especially if you are interested in Tim Burton's work.