Book-to-Movie Law states that once you have read the book, you are bound by the media to go see the movie based on said book, and therefor compare to two.
WOW. This movie was TERRIBLE. Or just slow maybe. Painfully slow. Tortuously slow. I think this is largely to blame on Asa Butterfield, who had only two expressions the whole film and who delivered his lines so slowly that I had to pinch myself to stay awake. I was also disappointed in Chloe Moretz, who played Isabelle. She so totally rocked in Kick-Ass, but rushed her way through this movie, and then waited for everyone else to catch up. The only entertaining part with with Sacha Cohen, who was funny and spot on as the Inspector. Good thing there was the spectacular sets and costumes to make up for the acting. I loved looking at the beautiful details in the clocks and dresses and train station. Well done! But again, for a book that was so powerful and quick to read, this movie dragged on much too long.
Bottom Line: The book! Omigosh the book was WAY better.