I practically grew up with the original films (though I probably shouldn't have, given the 18 certificate
) so I don't think I'd be able to give this new one a fair hearing. To me, Robert Englund will always be Freddy.
Having said that, based on this trailer (not the best way to judge a film, I know) it looks as though they might have added the twist that Freddy wasn't actually a child killer in life, but an innocent man lynched for something he didn't do.
I suppose it adds a little more dimension to the character if he's a tortured soul out for vengeance...but I'm not sure. Making Freddy a tragic character sort of takes away from the idea that he's evil incarnate, an unstoppable force that even death couldn't hold.