Hmm. I've read many of your comments and I cannot tell if we have read the same book, -or even if many of you have read the book. I have not seen the movie, and after reading your comments I do not find myself overly eager to view this movie. I have seen several other Huck Finn movies which have proven woeful embarrassments, and have about as much to do with the book as a rabid marsupial has to do with the price of ass in China.
The book I read was "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" by Mark Twain. I found it to be, perhaps the finest American novel I have read because of it's instructive moral center. (Note that Twain's Forward was only an attempt to make this not so obvious)
I have read this book about once a year for the last 25 years –Along with “Life on The Mississippi” and The Tragedy of Puddn’ Head Wilson.
After reading your comments and examining my own thoughts, I will leave you with a quote from Puddn’ Head Wilson’s Calendar;
“Remark of Dr. Baldwin's, concerning upstarts: We don't care to eat toadstools that think they are truffles.”
Perhaps some of you will want to leave me with a quote from the movie "Stripes". I.e., Bill Murry's famous line, "Lighten up Francis." . Either way, I encourage you all to read the BOOK. It's pretty good and the medium of movies is not likely to equal Mr. Twain's effort.