I haven't seen the original from the 1950s, so I can't say how it compares. I knew nothing of the story beforehand, because I avoided all previews. This is easy to accomplish since I never turn on my TV, nor have the ability to receive signals. I have found movies to be more enjoyable if I walk in cold, with no knowledge of what's going to happen. Most of the reviews are negative (which I read after watching the movie), but those were probably written by people that saturate themselves with visual media, so mostly anything will be unimpressive, as they do little else other than watch TV screens.
I learned two things while in the theater:
1. Never go to St. Louis Mills (relatively new shopping mall in my area) again. This is the second time that raucous teenagers carried on amongst themselves as if hardcore porn was displayed on the screen. I don't know what they were talking about, but it was enough to get every other person to walk out and seek security. One guy got up and told them to be quiet and they told him to shut up. I'm glad that man didn't have a gun - it could have damaged my hearing.
2. I need to see the original.
Although there were significant disturbances during the movie, which included puerile patrons and technological troubles (the speaker system occasionally turned off), I still enjoyed it.