The lights are on
I just came from the theater.. and while the majority of the above post from William is basically spot on I wouldn't necessarily say it was a complete failure. One of your early lines you talked about the source material - what exactly are you referring to? There's a kid who gets scolded, gets sent to his room, and starts imagining things, then realizes his mom really loves him and he eats his dinner =p I don't see how it's that far off, granted there is added metaphoric character narrative in there with different emotions of those around him in real life. It certainly is depressing though.. a few smiles in there, but that's about it. The fact, though, is this is a different world we live in today compared to when the book was written in the early 60s and these themes are now relevant.