Let's see now,
Short and simple review= While Jackie Earle Haley did a nice job, everything else is just like any other Platinum Dunes remake...pathetic. While it had good ideas, it succumbs to pretty much any element that makes most newer horror films and remakes truly weak.
More detailed review *Contains spoilers*
Where to begin...Let's start off with Freddy.
To me Jackie Earle Haley did a nice job, he tried to be his own Freddy and not Robert Englund's Freddy.
As for all the teen's, well most of them would make it in Twillight with their woodeness. Not to mention it's chock full of overacting. (It's the most "serious" bunch of high school kids I've ever seen...as in they take everything too seriously.)
Storywise, to me there's good intentions but bad execution. There are two new elements that could have been great, however they're not used to their potential.
1. The rumor on weather or not Freddy is a child molester.
I applaud the writers for doing something like this, people have been rooting for Freddy to kill his victims...but with the notion that he's possibly a child molester, that can totally screw with the fans minds on weather or not to root for him. Unfortuntly though, they never drag it out and do a reveal near the end of the film. It's pretty much announced what he is shortly after the rumor is put out.
2. Powernaps. Pretty much people taking a quick nap without realizing it, and waking up with a jolt. This could have been prime oppurtunity to have Freddy really screw with everyone in various ways, however the film doesn't use it to potential.
Now what really kills the film is this, no character development, quick editing, a bunch of cheap jump scares with screeching music and bad cgi. Pretty much the things that make most new horror films and remakes suck.
The editing is just rediculous, the kills happen too fast with zero suspense at all so nothing is scary. None of the kills stick with you since if you blink you'll miss it.
The bad editing makes the throwbacks to the original film pathetic, while Tina's death in the original is very memorable...the throwback in the film happens so fast the audience I was in laughed, there's no moment in the kill to be in shock over.
As for the creepy stretch wall from the original film, it's done with CGI that's just bad. It's a bloody simple effect, and Platinum Dunes found a way to screw it up.
Also, the dream sequences are just ok. Most of the time it follows this pattern. Teen wakes in the dream world, goes down a hallway, see's Freddy *JUMP SCARE* and wakes up. Rinse and repeat over and over.
Once again, Platinum Dunes shows they really don't have a grasp on doing a remake right. While this one had good ideas, the execution of the film leaves a lot to be desired.