Being a PG-13 flick, I was a bit encouraged. Usually, these movies keep it tame to draw in a wide audience, but in the end cut too much and take away from the end product. Fortunately, this movie did not disappoint. In fact, it was a lot better that I thought it would be. You can definitely feel Steven Spielberg’s influences, the flick truly going back to the days of Close Encounters and even Jurassic Park. The acting was solid throughout, and really did a great job with an outstanding script. The production values, cinematography, effects (I love the monster) and storylines are also top notch. There are some flaws, the pacing and the unneeded subplots do distract from the overall scheme, but not enough to damage the movie. In the end, this is awesome movie that honestly took me back (I could have been one of those kids making the movie). There are some moments with language, but other than that, it is a must see for the entire family.