Robinson Film Center brought it to Shreveport! I'm not going to do a whole review of the film but will instead link you to Hot Air which says exactly what I thought of the movie. Like Ed at Hot Air, I avoided all reviews of the film before I went, mostly because I didn't want to know exactly where Part I was going to end.
Steve hasn't read the book and he like it too, so reading the novel is certainly not a prerequisite. He was, however, a little disheartened at the end - "You didn't TELL me it was Part I! Are you going to tell me what happens?"
I didn't. I gave him the book.
Go see it if you get the chance. But hurry. It's only here until May 5.