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The movie did change a few things when it comes to the plot and the characters but what most will notice is that several subplots and even some parts of the main plot were completely forgotten due to lack of time. Major elements of the plot were also completely changed but at least it gave the movie a feel of originality. The story goes by in the blink of an eye and doesn’t have much substance. The best I can do is say it was entertaining enough in a fast pace kind of way.
The characters were different, their personalities were changed a little and some characters don’t seem to have a personality anymore because of how little screen time they got. New characters were added but they had so little screen time, a few lines sometimes, that their presence was a waste of screen time and their concept a waste of the writers’ and director’ time. Of course lack of time destroyed the characters' background stories, their most important traits, interesting twists, relationships and took all the emotional bite the climatic battles could have had.
The ending is still the same crappy one too. The biggest let down I had with Escaflowne was the lame ending and I thought the movie would change it given it changes everything else, but they kept that stupid part in for no reason.
You don’t watch the show for the mecha either, there’s one short boring battle in the entire course of the movie.
The action and blood are the only reason I gave this movie a 7, its pretty superficial I know but it was entertaining enough as a short action flick.
My advice is to watch the movie before the T.V. series: you’ll still get all the fun of the twists and plot of the original series and you’ll get more out of the movie if you’re not dumbstruck at how pathetic it is compared to the real thing.