I have to say I was impressed -- beyoond my expectations of a remake. There were only a few of the scenes where I felt Peter Jackson had taken the 'big scary monster flick' agenda too far. There was one scene that stretched a little longer than the concept warranted, but J pointed out it was part of the 'homage' to the original -- and thus essential.
Scenery was, of course, OMG beautiful. If half of the costumes came back into fashion again (among young people), IMHO, the world would be a much better place (except in summer). ;o) but that is my opinion. I like clothes that cover what is supposed to be covered (natives and ladies-being-carried-through-jungle excused)
Overall the movie was sweet. It also caught my attention from the start with a good story - and kept it flowing even through the often-grisly action scenes. I had heard rumor that it could have benefited from an 'intermission' period. On that point I agree! But, if one is willing to sit through a three hour+ movie... it is highly reccommended.
We were set to receive the original by Netflix in about ... three years. I've asked J to bump that up to only a few months ;o)