Its odd how this film seems to really divide film fans.
I personally thought it was a great film, flawed, but great.
There was a great deal cut out of the theatrical release and there were several "unfinished" scenes that were cut out due to time constraints.
I would love to see an extended cut, though am aware that Spielberg has only ever done one or two, (Close Encounters & ET).
I don't see it as a remake either and think it's closer to the book than the 1950's film.I like this one for what it is.
A lot of people comparing this to the original are looking at the past through rose-tinted spectacles - the 'original' was an awful piece of American jingoism which bore little resemblance to the novel.
The two films are completely different to the novel, and the newer version owes as much or as little to the written word as to the first film. As such I don't see it as a remake.
The new film isn't great, but it's an entertaining action film with a little more thought than most.